A NATIONAL health campaign urging people in Tayside to prepare ahead for the winter period was launched on Thursday.
A group of children were joined by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil MSP and NHS 24’s Director of Nursing and Care, Sheena Wright, to launch the Be Ready for Winter campaign.
The NHSScotland campaign advises people that by re-stocking their medicine cabinet, checking their repeat prescriptions and knowing when their GP surgery is closed, they can ensure they are well prepared for the winter.
Alex Neil said: “This time of year is always very busy, especially for families with young children, and it’s easy to forget things like ordering your repeat prescription. Just a few simple steps like finding out what services are open and stocking up your medicine cupboard can help prevent winter coughs and colds from spoiling the holiday season. It will also ensure emergency lifesaving services are kept free for those who really need them.”
This year, GP surgeries will be closed for two days at Christmas (Tuesday and Wednesday, December 25 and 26) and for two days at New Year (Tuesday and Wednesday, January 1 and 2). The national campaign is supported by NHSScotland in partnership with NHS 24, the Scottish Ambulance Service and all 14 Scottish Health Boards.
Lead clinician for NHS Tayside Out of Hours Dr Joyce Meikle said: “We can all do a little to ensure that we’re prepared for any winter illnesses. Having a stock of over the counter remedies at home means we can usually treat colds and coughs ourselves. It’s a case of preparing for the worse but hoping for the best. Check your repeat prescriptions now and this will make sure that you have all the medication you require before the winter period.”
Contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88 for advice.