Scrumptious chocolate eggs are not the only important feature of Easter, knowing how to access health services over the holiday is also key.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s must-have ‘Easter Guide to your health services’ details exactly how the public should use their health service over the Easter period, particularly on the two public holidays, Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1st . These two days will see some NHS services – including GP surgeries – closed.
The booklet is being distributed widely throughout GP surgeries, health centres, clinics, pharmacies and opticians in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and includes vital information such as the opening hours of pharmacies and advice on how to access a GP when surgeries are closed.
Dr Norrie Gaw, Clinical Director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s out-of-hours service, said: “Although GP and dental surgeries will close for the two public holidays on Good Friday and Easter Monday, many other health services remain open. This guide lets you know what to do if someone becomes unwell and can’t wait for their GP surgery or dental surgery to re-open after the Easter break.
“I would encourage everybody to make sure they get a copy and keep it handy.”
For those who don’t manage to pick up a copy of the brochure, a live version is available on NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s website www.nhsggc.org.uk. The guide is available in the website Spring Zone 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 Easter guide to your health services booklet outlines all of this vital information, as well as detailing when and how to use NHS24 and your local Accident and Emergency department.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.”
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected] or log on to our website at www.nhsggc.org.uk/springzone.