As well as presents wrapped up under the Christmas tree and the turkey in the oven everyone should also have a copy of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) winter guide.
The Festive Guide to Your Health Services booklet is distributed across GP surgeries, health centres, clinics, pharmacies, dentists and opticians.
Vital information covered includes the opening hours of pharmacies throughout the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and advice on how to access a GP when surgeries are closed.
The guide also reminds the public that four Minor Injury Units (MIUs) operate at the New Victoria Hospital, New Stobhill Hospital, the West Glasgow Ambulatory Care Hospital and the Vale of Leven Hospital between 9am-9pm throughout the holidays. These are suitable for a range of minor physical injuries for adults and children aged five and over.
Contact information regarding the wide range of out-of-hours services including those staffed by GPs is also comprehensively covered.
Dr Emilia Crighton, NHSGGC’s Interim Director of Public Health, said: “GP and dental surgeries close for the two public holidays at Christmas and again at New Year, however a range of other health services remain open.
“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 having the booklet to hand, know what services are available during the holidays and how these can be accessed appropriately.
“It outlines where people can access help if someone becomes unwell and can’t wait for the GP surgery to re-open following the Christmas and New Year holidays.
“As always, its essential people make sure they have sufficient supplies of any medication they may need. Being prepared can be the key factor in preventing having to go into hospital.
“Usually in winter we see an increase in the number of people contracting Norovirus and
through a few simple steps we can help limit the spread of the virus:
For those who don’t manage to pick up a copy of the brochure, the information from the brochure can be accessed by clicking onto www.nhsggc.org.uk/knowwhototurnto
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected].