Your health & local services
Children and family services
Here you’ll find information about the hospitals and organisations we commission to provide children’s health services, and what to do if your child is ill or injured.
Together with South Gloucestershire Council, NHS England and other organisations, we’re responsible for ensuring children and young people stay safe, enjoy good health and achieve their potential.
This includes commissioning a range of high-quality health services for children, who are ill or injured, and more specialist services for children and young people who have additional needs, such as physical or learning disabilities.
What to do if your child is ill or injured
If you’re concerned about your child’s health or development, you should discuss this first with your GP, School Nurse or Health Visitor.
If your child is very ill and you’re not sure if it’s an emergency, contact NHS 111 for advice. Simply dial 111.
You’ll also find comprehensive advice on children’s health and illness in the NHS Handi App, which can be downloaded via your app store.
Or you can find more information on the NHS Choices website, including spotting signs of serious illness.
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC): hospital A&E and specialist services
BRHC is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built hospital which provides emergency, inpatient and outpatient services for children and young people up to age 16.
If your child has an injury that can’t be treated at home, or by your GP, you can visit our minor injuries units at Yate and Southmead.
Community children’s services
A consortium of Sirona CIC, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, Bristol Community Health and Barnardo’s (Community Children’s Health Partnership) provide community children’s health services including:
- health visitors
- school health nursing
- community paediatrics
- therapies, child and adolescent mental health and learning disability services
South Gloucestershire Local Offer
South Gloucestershire Local Offer sets out in one place information about provision we expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in our area who have special education needs or are disabled, including those who do not have education, health and care plans.
The Local Offer will provide clear comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about the available provision and how to access it.
It will make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and disabled young people and those with special education needs and their parents, and service providers in its development and review.
Young carers are children and young people who look after someone in their family who has a disability, a long term illness, or is affected by mental ill health or substance misuse.
Young carers may look after parents, care for a brother or sister, or other relative. The average age of a young carer is 12 and they take on responsibilities normally only expected of an adult.
The Carers Support Centre has information and support for young carers.
Keep up to date with any major changes planned to local health services and opportunities for you to have your say through public engagement activities: