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NHS GREATER GLASGOW AND CLYDE GEARS UP FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

December 21, 2006 2:50 PM

Primary Care services across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are gearing up for the Christmas and New Year period.

GPs are urging patients to stock up on enough medicines to last during the festive season and to collect any repeat prescriptions in advance.

A booklet has been produced with details of local health and social work services available over the Christmas and New Year period. It also includes pharmacy opening times and details of family planning, mental health and drug crisis services available during the holiday period.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been working closely with local GPs and NHS 24 to ensure there is adequate cover to meet the needs of patients who require medical assistance when their GP practice is closed over Christmas and New Year.

Dr Norrie Gaw, Clinical Director of NHS GEMS, said: "We've had an excellent response from local GPs and nurses which means our rotas for the festive period are completely filled.

"As usual during the out-of-hours period, patients should either telephone their GP surgery (which will automatically transfer to NHS 24) or telephone NHS 24 direct on 08454 24 24 24.

"Calls to NHS 24 are answered by a nurse advisor,who will be able to offer advice or direct the patient to the most appropriate healthcare professional.This might be either a home visit by a GP or a consultation in one of our Primary Care emergency centres, there are however a range of professionals available who are able to respond appropriately eg district nurses, community psychiatric team, learning disability team. NHS 24 and NHS GEMS co-ordinate this activity to ensure patient's are seen by the most appropriate professional in the most appropriate settingat the most appropriate time"

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For more information contact the Press Office at NHS Greater Glasgow Communications on 0141 201 4429.

Copies of the booklet that details health and social care services available over the Christmas and New Year period can be found on the NHS Greater Glasgow web-site www.nhsgg.org.uk

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