Young people in Leeds are supporting the #NHSHereForYou campaign by providing the voiceovers for animations aimed at encouraging parents and carers to access care when their children fall ill or get injured.
Two Leeds youngsters – Eidy Johnson, 8, from Adel and Charlie Southby, 11, from Wetherby – provided the voices to a nursery rhyme-style animation which will be used on social media, on NHS websites and with local schools to promote how to access NHS support.
The two 90-second animations demonstrate, through a rhyming animation, the correct way to access NHS services – 999 for emergencies, 111 when someone needs support quickly but not an emergency, GP calls for day-to-day issues or concerning symptoms – using a traffic light system.
It is the latest in a series of #NHSHereForYou messages designed to help the public and encourage people to use NHS services when they need to.
Dr Alison Best, associate medical director for NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Latest figures show that there has been a significant reduction in both A&E attendances and in people seeing their GP. This is quite concerning as there will be people, including children, who really do need medical help in an emergency or for worrying health symptoms which might suggest cancer. We know people don’t want to be a burden on the NHS; I’d like to reassure people we’re here for you.
“It is also very important for young children up to one year old to have their immunisations to protect them against a range of potentially serious infections and GP practices are still offering booked appointments for these.