With the nation taking one of its biggest steps so far in relaxing the lockdown this weekend, the NHS in Gloucestershire is urging people to stay safe and to continue taking precautions to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

If you do find yourself ill, injured or unwell, here are some useful pointers about where to seek help in Gloucestershire:

ASAP website and App

Local care and service advice is available from www.asapglos.nhs.uk. This website provides information about lots of health conditions, looking after yourself and where to find the right help. You can also download the ASAP Glos NHS App free from the App store.

Community pharmacies

Pharmacies are a great first port of call for advice about minor ailments. Pharmacists are experts on medicines and can help if you need an urgent prescription or have run out of your normal prescribed medicines. You can find your nearest pharmacy and its opening times here.

NHS 111

NHS 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and are not sure what to do.

Visit NHS 111 online (111.nhs.uk) or call 111.

Worried about COVID-19 symptoms?

If you’re concerned that you may have symptoms of COVID-19, please do not book an appointment or visit a GP surgery or hospital.

The advice remains to stay at home, follow the advice at www.nhs.uk and if symptoms worsen, use NHS 111 online or call NHS 111.

Urgent Care Lead at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP, Dr Jeremy Welch said:

“Whilst we hope that people will continue to act sensibly as the lockdown eases, we recognise that people will continue to get ill and suffer injuries that are not Covid-19 related.

Urgent care is still available, and it’s important to seek help straight away for serious, time critical conditions to have the best chance of recovery.”