Health Information easy read and specific

Here you will find useful trusted health sites and resources. Do not just look up symptoms online get medical help. Only use trusted sites like on here. Use NHS sites or talk to your GP. There is lots of inaccurate information online.

NHS 111 Service for quick medical help when it is not an urgent emergency and you can’t go to your GP just call 111. This NHS You Tube video explains what to expect and how they help you get medical help. This service is 7 days a week 24 hours a day. It is always open.

Easy health video showing what to expect at a doctor’s appointment

When you go to the doctors consider when possible to see a doctor that know's you (continuity). If you have more than one issue or have learning disabilities consider booking a double appointment  to give you more time. Bring notes to explain your issues and so you do not forget important information. Consider if you would like to go with someone so you can check what is said. Ask the doctor to explain if you do not understand. You can ask them to write down details. Ask for easy read information if this may help you understand. Consider using a health passport to explain your needs if you have learning disabilities. 

Easy Health Easy read health information covering many health conditions and treatments see Information intended to be easy to understand.

A Picture of Health easy read NHS Health website see Information intended to be easy to understand.

The important role of the Pharmacy 

Here you can get medical trusted advice on minor illness like colds, flu and upset stomachs, they generally have a consultation room where you can discuss issues without being heard.   They can help decide if you need to see a doctor and can if needed help you get an appointment with a doctor. They can help you get the most suitable medicine for your minor illness. They are often open long hours and 7 days a week and an appointment is not needed. They can help with healthy choices like healthy eating and stopping smoking. You can if you have a disability or chronic long term illness get a flu jab. Pharmacists are highly trained medical professionals. You get your prescriptions and medicine here and can also get emergency medicine if needed.  

Easy Read NHS How a Pharmacy can help

Down Syndrome Going to the Chemist (Pharmacy) easy read
NHS Choice and medication leaflets from Cheshire and Wirral
NHS offers leaflets about all different medications in different formats  
includingfor different audiences such as earlier reading for young people and very easy reading aimed at learning disabilities. The leaflets are useful such as for individuals, GPs, Consultants, Families and Support workers they are also printable

NHS adaptable easy read medication leafletfrom Cheshire and Wirral NHSuseful for medical professionals to use with patients with learning disabilities or support workers

NHS Questions to ask when going to the doctor’s or hospital an easy read document intended to be easy to understand. This gives you a simple outline of questions to ask the doctor and what to expect

If you have a Learning Disability the NHS recommends you make sure you have a yearly Health Check at your doctors

Mencap explain the learning disabilities registrar you should consider joining for free if you have a learning disability as you will get extra support when visiting the doctor such as easy read material and a free annual health check to help you look after yourself and your health. Mencap have also made lots of guides explaining the support as part of Don't Miss Out

NHS Self-help leaflets has easy read, and general health self-help leaflets on a range of topics such as mental health topics also includes BSL videos of these leaflets. See

NHS Lanarkishire  Adult Learning Disability Service but relevent to the whole country http://www. covers easy read information and videos on women's health, men's health, sexual health and hospital tests, surgery, easy read letter templates for those with a learning disability  

Easy Read Going to Accident and Emergency NCLH NHS

Health Passports useful for people with a learning disability to communicate their health information like when visiting the doctor or going into hospital see

Royal College of Anaesthetics Easy read materials on Having an anaestheticso an operation or procedure can be carried out and you do not feel pain is explained in this booklet that goes through the different types of anaesthetic and what to expect

My Life Raft is an online website for storing and sharing health and wellbeing information that can with your consent be shared with others like carers helping you manage your health effectively. There are both free and paid for accounts

NHS Choices the NHS site where you can look up, conditions, treatments, medication. It covers all aspects of health including mental health. The site is quite user friendly using generally plain English. If you have learning disabilities check out also sites like Easy Health and Picture of Health from this list. You can also look up NHS services on this site so you can find out your local GP service, dentist, pharmacy, nearest A and E if it is an emergency so it is a very useful site of trusted information but when looking up conditions also talk with your GP

NHS Prescription Payment Certificate If you have to pay for your prescriptions but have regular prescriptions making them expensive you can pay for the certificate so it is essential a discount making them less expensive. For a year for example it costs £104 so if you get more than 11 prescriptions a year it is cheaper to pay for a certificate. They also have shorter periods you can get a certificate for it you are having treatment that is not likely to last all year. Also if you get certain benefits like Working Tax Credits or Universal Credit you do not have to pay for your prescriptions but if you only get PIP for example you do still need to pay and so this certificate may be helpful to you and save you money and worry

Easy Read Macmillan Cancer information site see

Easy read Marie Curie has easy read guides (for those with a learning disability) on topics like life with a terminal illness (you are likely to die from) and also on topics like bereavement

NHS Western Cheshire General Contraception advice

NHS Surrey Health Looking After your teeth and gums easy read

NHS Wales Easy Read Going to the Dentist

Going to an NHS Dentist a video to help you know what to expect video from NHS Sufforlk 

Going to the Opticians to check your eyesight a video from Mencap on what to expect 

 Patient :There is so much medical information on the web that it is easy to Google conditions and symptoms but it is vital the information you read is accurate and you do not misinterpret information only to misinform and scare yourself. The website is well informed and used in the NHS to explain conditions but you should always see a doctor about symptoms and not try to find a diagnosis yourself

Health Talk A site giving adult and also with a large section on young people’s experiences of various health and disability conditions and resources to help so you get specific information and insight into how other manage their condition. This link is to young peoples experiences 

BBC Health is another well informed health site with interesting information

Macaron signs for healthcare

University College London Going to hospital easy read

 University College London NHS Easy read checking your pulse and blood pressure

NHS video explaining each step of a blood test so people know what to expect


NHS Flu Jab video focused on explaining the importance of and what to expect from going to have a flu jab if you have health conditions and a learning disability 

University College London NHS Going to Accident and Emergency What to expect 

What to expect if you need to call 999 a video from the London Ambulance service. You  call 999 for a variety of life threatening situations otherwise use other services like 111 



Shout Crisis text line: a free confidential text service run by trained volunteers to help people in crisis calm down and work with the volunteer to find solutions and problem solve. This new service is available throughout the UK always open 24/7. The crisis can be related to any strong emotions you need help with

Sign Health A deaf health charity using BSL to explore health topics and conditions

 Bucks Health Help Now help people find the most suitable help and support based on their health symptoms and is both Buckinghamshire based and easy to use

Get your Rights is a NHS site for young people to help them understand their rights and choices with their healthcare putting them in charge and helping them at points of change through the move from child to adult services

Doc Ready website helping you prepare for your first time you visit the doctor about your mental health

Social Prescribing is increasingly offered such as by GP practices and primary care professionals to people who for example have complex health conditions, disability, mental health conditions, complex social situations impacting health or who are lonely or isolated to help build coping skills and resilience. A link worker spends time exploring what is important to a person and different ways to help such as connecting a person to community groups, charities, social opportunities and clubs, agencies, support for social problems when they impact health such as offering advice for debt, and housing as well as signposting and introducing other opportunities like volunteering, sport, art activities, cooking, gardening, befriending, healthy eating, learning, making a personalised action plan to help put people in control of their wellbeing. This reduces the time and pressure on GPs for dealing with social problems and reduces a person’s vulnerability. You can read about social prescribing here in this blog article from the Disability charity Scope

First Aid advice from the NHS

First Aid Advice from St Johns Ambulance lots of information and some videos. They also give details of first aid courses. This link is to their free first aid guide that also has illustrations of what to do 

Health and Wellbeing Bucks local NHS services like Live Well Stay Well covering healthy eating, diabetes support,  getting active, drinking and drugs, mental health, sexual health, health checks, goal setting, and more 

Seeability Preparing for an eye test

The Royal College of Nursing have produced a easy read guide to Managing Pain

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust an easy read guide for women having a smear test to check for cervical cancer

 Choose Well Dee's Accident and Emergency Epic Fail Tale NHS animation about selecting the best place to go for you current health issues 

What to expect from an x Ray appointment 

What it is like to have an MRI scan, going to hospital for an MRI scan Oxford AHSN

Epilepsy Action have produced different easy read leaflets and audio leaflets to help you understand epilepsy

The NHS produces this information leaflet for teenagers and young adults with Cancer up to age 24 and this link provides information on the services and options

CILC Sargent is a Cancer charity supporting children and young people with Cancer

Teenage Cancer Trustprovides information and support including different Cancer services as well as nursing support to young people 13-24 who are diagnosed with Cancer