The Easter Bunny has today (Friday March 14th) hopped along to the Community Centre for Health in Partick, to help spread the word on how to access essential NHS and social care services over the Easter Holidays.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's must-have We're Open Easter guide details exactly how the public should use their health service over the Easter period, particularly on the two public holidays when some NHS services - including GP surgeries - will close. It is being distributed widely throughout GP surgeries, health centres, clinics, pharmacies and opticians.
The 14-page booklet includes vital information such as the opening hours of pharmacies throughout the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and advice on how to access a GP when surgeries are closed.
Dr Norrie Gaw, Clinical Director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's GEMS out-of-hours service, said: "Although GP and dental surgeries will close for the two public holidays on Good Friday (March 21st) and Easter Monday (March 24th), many other health services remain open. This guide lets you know what to do if someone becomes unwell and can't wait for the GP surgery to re-open on March 25th.
"The We're Open guide is even more essential than your Easter Eggs this coming holiday season, so I'd encourage everybody to make sure to get their copy and keep it handy."
For those who don't manage to pick up a copy of the brochure, an electronic version will be available on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's website - alongside a wealth of other useful advice on staying healthy and how to make the most of services offered by your NHS.
Preparations have been made across pharmacies, GP surgeries, dentists, sexual health services, mental health services, social work and addictions services throughout the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area to ensure that essential healthcare continues to be provided during the holiday. The We're Open guide outlines all of this vital information, as well as detailing when and how to use NHS24 and your local Accident and Emergency department.
Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC's Director of Public Health, explained: "As always, our hospitals and community health services make plans that are flexible enough to meet increased demand over the holiday period.
Central to dealing with the added stresses on health services during the peak in demand over holiday periods is a drive to prevent people becoming ill in the first place, avoid hospital admissions wherever possible and deal effectively with those who do require hospital treatment.
During today's visit to the Community Centre for Health in Partick, the Easter Bunny gave copies of the eggstra-special booklet to youngsters from the centre's in-house nursery - designed to be taken home to encourage parents to keep them handy over the Easter break.
"But being prepared is increasingly about preventing admissions. The key to this is ensuring the public are prepared for GP surgeries and dental surgeries being closed over the Easter long weekend, and knowing what to do if they feel unwell.
Click here to download our Easter Booklet in PDF format
NOTES TO EDITORS
Images of the Easter Bunny handing out the We're Open guide at the Community Centre for Health in Partick are available by contacting the Press Office.
For further information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Press Office on 0141 201 4429.
"Many common ailments, such as colds and flu or stomach upsets, can be treated without going to GPs or local hospitals - pharmacists often provide the appropriate help. By using healthcare services appropriately over the Good Friday and Easter Monday public holidays, pressure on the system is relieved, patients will receive speedy and suitable advice and we are able to direct help to where it is needed most."