Knowing how and where to access health services over the Easter holiday is key to maintaining good health.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) have produced a must-have ‘Easter Guide to your health services’ which details exactly how the public should use their health service over the Easter period, particularly on the two public holidays, Friday, March 30th and Monday, April 2nd. These two days will see some NHS services – including GP surgeries – closed.
All of this essential information is available online at http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/patients-and-visitors/know-who-to-turn-to/
A printed booklet is also 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, advice on how to access health services and information on NHS 24.
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.”
General advice and information on how to stay healthy this Easter can be found at www.nhsinform.co.uk or contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.
Notes to Editors
Check you have cold and flu remedies
Common ailments such as colds can often be effectively treated at home with readily available medicine such as pain relief, cough mixture and cold remedies. Parents are reminded to restock their medicine cabinet with child-friendly remedies.
Use your local pharmacy
Your pharmacist can offer advice or help if you need over-the-counter remedies or have run out of any prescribed medication. You can also pick up plasters and antiseptic creams to prepare for any minor accidents.
Make sure you have enough repeat prescription.
If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you have enough medicine to last over the holiday period. Only order what you need.
Know when your GP surgery will be open
Your local doctor’s surgery may be closed for four days during the Easter weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday (March 30th - April 2nd).
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429, email [email protected] or log on to our website at http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/patients-and-visitors/know-who-to-turn-to/