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Get NHS advice about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and staying at home.
Changes to testing
Find out about the symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you or your child has them.
Find out if you should get a test for COVID-19, who can get free NHS tests, how to get tested, and what your test result means
Get your COVID-19 vaccination, read about the vaccines and find out what happens when you have your vaccine.
NHS COVID Pass
Find out how to get your COVID Pass for travelling abroad and for certain venues and events in England.
What to do if you have or might have COVID-19
Find out what to do if you've tested positive or have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Self-care and treatments
Advice about how to look after yourself at home if you have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19, and read about treatments for COVID-19.
People at higher risk
Advice for people at higher risk from COVID-19, including people with health conditions and pregnant women.
How to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
Advice about what you can do to reduce your risk of catching and spreading COVID-19.
Long-term effects (long COVID)
Find out about the long-term effects COVID-19 can sometimes have and what help is available.
Using the NHS and other health services
Find out about changes to using health services, such as GPs and hospitals, because of COVID-19.
Take part in research
Find out about health research studies and how you may be able to take part.
Download the NHS COVID-19 app
Please see the following links to ELMS Patient Information:
Antibiotics are used to treat or prevent some types of bacterial infection. They work by killing bacteria or preventing them from spreading. But they do not work for everything.
Many mild bacterial infections get better on their own without using antibiotics.
Antibiotics do not work for viral infections such as colds and flu, and most coughs and sore throats.
Antibiotics are no longer routinely used to treat:
When it comes to antibiotics, take your doctor's advice on whether you need them or not. Antibiotic resistance is a big problem – taking antibiotics when you do not need them can mean they will not work for you in the future.
Antibiotics may be used to treat bacterial infections that:
People at a high risk of infection may also be given antibiotics as a precaution, known as antibiotic prophylaxis.
Take antibiotics as directed on the packet or the patient information leaflet that comes with the medicine, or as instructed by your GP or pharmacist.
Antibiotics can come as:
If you forget to take a dose of your antibiotics, take that dose as soon as you remember and then continue to take your course of antibiotics as normal.
But if it's almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
There's an increased risk of side effects if you take 2 doses closer together than recommended. Accidentally taking 1 extra dose of your antibiotic is unlikely to cause you any serious harm. But it will increase your chances of getting side effects, such as pain in your stomach, diarrhoea, and feeling or being sick.
If you accidentally take more than 1 extra dose of your antibiotic, are worried or you get severe side effects, speak to your GP or call NHS 111 as soon as possible.
As with any medicine, antibiotics can cause side effects. Most antibiotics do not cause problems if they're used properly and serious side effects are rare.
The common side effects include:
Some people may have an allergic reaction to antibiotics, especially penicillin and a type called cephalosporins. In very rare cases, this can lead to a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), which is a medical emergency.
Some antibiotics are not suitable for people with certain medical problems, or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Only ever take antibiotics prescribed for you – never "borrow" them from a friend or family member.
Some antibiotics do not mix well with other medicines, such as the contraceptive pill and alcohol.
Read the information leaflet that comes with your medicine carefully and discuss any concerns with your pharmacist or GP.
Click on the link below to download our Compliments Comments and Complaints Leaflet
Compliments Comments and Complaints Leaflet
Self-Care Toolkit – June 2022
This is an interactive PDF. To navigate, use the arrow buttons on each page or locate a specific section using the tabs and buttons within the document
NHS Self Care Toolkit
COVID – June 2022
COVID continues to be a risk to health and rates have increased recently.
NHS advice on COVID is available from the link shown below:
Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Monkeypox - June 2022
Monkeypox is a rare infection that's mainly found in parts of west or central Africa. There have been some recent cases in the UK, but the risk of catching it is low.
NHS advice on Monkeypox is available from the following link shown below:
Monkeypox - NHS (www.nhs.uk)