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For some conditions, you may not need medical advice

There are lots of conditions that are self-limiting, which means they will go away either on their own or without specific treatment. For these kinds of conditions, you may not need advice from a medical professional.

If you would like more information about how you can manage a range of conditions yourself, please visit the NHS A-Z website. If you are persistently unwell, and/or your symptoms worsen, always seek medical help.

If you feel you do need advice from a healthcare professional, there are alternatives to visiting your GP. For example, your local pharmacist can help with certain problems, and there are certain direct access services available, depending on where you live.

Health and care Apps - find a trusted health App

Health and care apps can be used to help manage and recover from a huge range of mental and physical health issues, but there are hundreds of thousands of health apps out there, and not all of them are safe – so where do you find trusted health apps? We now have the answer.

Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership has built a Health App Library where you can find health apps which have been reviewed by the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications (ORCHA) against 350+ criteria.

ORCHA has found that only one in five health apps manage data privacy securely, are easy to use and give safe health advice. Our Library only contains assessed and compliant health apps, so we can be sure that the ones we use meet safety standards.

The Library can be accessed at hnyhealthapps.co.uk

Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership also has access to a platform called a Digital Health Formulary, which health and care professionals can use to send health apps securely via email or text message. Your health or care professional may send you a health app if they feel it would be beneficial to you.

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Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) scheme aims to increase the availability of talking therapies for mental health issues, such as stress, anxiety, and depression. You can self-refer to the scheme and an assessment will be given over the phone to make sure IAPT is right for you.


YOURPHYSIO is the physiotherapy website for the Vale of York. It provides help and information for the early management of common injuries and pain problems.

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NHS Minor Ailment Scheme

Everyone can ask their pharmacist for advice, and as part of the NHS Minor Ailment Scheme, some people may also be able to get free treatment from a pharmacist for a variety of common illnesses, without seeing a GP.

To be eligible, you must be registered with a Hull GP, go to a Hull pharmacy that is part of the scheme, and you must be entitled to free prescriptions. Find out more about the scheme, including participating pharmacies using the button below.

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