WITH Christmas only four days away, a national health campaign is reminding people in Tayside to be prepared for GP surgery closures over the festive holidays.
The NHSScotland Be Ready for Winter campaign advises people to be aware that many GP surgeries and pharmacies will be closed for four days at Christmas (December 24-27), and for four days again at New Year (December 31- January 3).
As well as knowing the holiday opening and closure times of your local GP and pharmacy, people are urged to re-stock their medicine cabinet with remedies to treat common winter ailments and plan ahead for any required repeat prescriptions.
Dr George Crooks, Medical Director of NHS 24, said: “There will be two four-day closures this year, so it is essential that everyone is prepared and knows exactly when their local services are available and how to access them. Families and elderly people, in particular, should know when their local GP and pharmacy is open over the Christmas and New Year period, especially if they are planning to visit family and friends in different places.”
He added: “If you are unlucky enough to get a cough, cold or flu, buying over the counter medicine, staying at home and keeping warm will make you feel much better. Of course, if your symptoms worsen, you should seek a routine doctor’s appointment or contact NHS 24.”
General advice and information on how to stay healthy this winter can be found at www.nhsinform.co.uk or contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88. Winter health advice is also available through the NHSScotland digital TV channel, or follow NHS 24 on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and tips.
The four key steps are: restock your winter medicine cabinet; use your local pharmacy; make sure you have repeat prescriptions and know when your GP surgery will be open.