Children/Young People’s Health

Overview Children/ Young People’s Health


urgent and general support

Some of the more common medical emergencies faced by children which may require attendance at A&E are covered under

What to do and where to go for support if accidents happen is covered under

Knowing about simple first aid can save lives

The broad support for children and parents across the local system is covered under

Common conditions

Short term conditions include

The information here can help you with self-care, pharmacy support and when you should attend your GP or if very serious A&E.

Long term conditions are covered under

Other important medical conditions are covered under

sexual health

Sexual health is well supported locally


Though not as common in children (compared with adults) this is covered in detail including some excellent national support.

understanding and treating children’s health

Information on medication, blood tests, shared decision making and symptom checkers is covered under

A broad view of Childen and young people’s health across the website

Outside this section on children and young people’s health there are other parts of the website which cover various aspects of health. This includes health information relating to preschool and healthy living for older age groups. This broad support is all summarised under


Some of the more commonly accessed pages for this section include:


Some links on this page have been colour coded to make it easier to find the information you need:

Quick Read
Clinical level


Every GP will have been trained to try and pitch any information they give patients at the level the patient wants. The difficulty even for the same person is there can be times when you just want a simple overview of a condition, other times you may want more detailed information (but still designed for patients) and occasionally you may want to know why a clinician (such as a GP) is advising an option to support you and what is the actual evidence for such an option (clinical level information written for clinicians).

The difficulty for websites such as NHS choices, Patient info and NICE (which all have excellent information) is that their articles have to be written with one type of audience in mind and have a consistent style. As a signposting site we can get around this and combine their different styles allowing you to choose the level of information you want.

We have colour coded information and you will see a key at the top of each page where this is relevant to the page, dividing information into 3 categories:

  • Quick read
  • In depth
  • Clinical level


This information is usually from sources such as NHS choices, and national charities which support a specific condition, age group or other important group (e.g., veterans). The articles are usually short (usually taking less than 1 minute to read) and the language is patient orientated.


This information is usually from sources such as Patient info, Gov UK and sometimes from national charities and from NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence). This information is patient orientated but is much more detailed (often taking more than 2 minutes to read any article).


This information is usually from sources such as NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) but also there are some articles from Patient info and Gov.UK. This information is intended for clinicians in GP practices and hospitals. It is included because some patients find it beneficial to have much more clinically orientated information, so they can understand the medical evidence for a clinician suggesting a specific option.


An average GP will see 1000s of patients every year. There are some questions which get asked by patients more often and the frequently asked question section on many of the website pages tries to capture some of those more commonly asked questions.


As patient info suggest, these are normally free “services you can access without needing an appointment with your GP”. These services include NHS services but also importantly services from your local council and some charities.

From Patient info
Self-referral Self-referral | Patient

The reason self-referral services are so important is that many of them are excellent and are actually where your GP will direct to you if you were to see your GP. However, you can go directly to these services without seeing your GP.


Local support has been put at the top of each page (if available). Unfortunately, though many excellent local services are available, at present they are often invisible to the general public as it can be difficult to pick them out with the sheer volume of information available and also though sites such as NHS choices, patient info and NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) are very good they are not equipped to give detailed information on local services.


Information on national support (if available) appears after information on local support on this website. This includes many telephone helplines, some chat and email communication often from national charities which offer an excellent service. This information is available to varying degrees on NHS choices, Patient info and NICE though it tends to be at the end of articles or buried within an article. As a signposting site we are able to give this information greater prominence as we believe these helplines can provide significant support for patients.

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