Be Health-Wise This Winter

Help us to help others this winter

People across Greater Glasgow and Clyde are being urged to look after their health this winter with a few simple steps that can help to avoid illness and take the pressure off busy NHSScotland services over the festive holidays.

The advice is being shared as part of the national 'Be Healthwise' campaign which features Dr Owl and advises people that stocking up on over the counter medicines, checking any repeat prescriptions and ordering only what is needed to cover the holidays can help to avoid or deal with the most common winter ailments.

It's also a good idea to know GP surgery and local pharmacy opening hours over the festive break.

Being prepared for common winter illnesses, or knowing where to get help if ill health does strike means that dedicated NHSScotland staff can help those most in need at one of the busiest times of the year.

Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

“We know winter months can put additional pressures on our hospitals and GPs’ surgeries, which is why we have been working to provide additional support to health boards over winter to ensure people get the care they need.

“But we can also all do our own bit to look after our own and our family’s health, and help preserve our frontline services for those most in need.

“The Be Healthwise campaign helps to remind people about the excellent range of services available. For example, people who run out of medicines or dressings can speak to a pharmacist about an urgent supply, rather than going to their A&E or GP out-of-hours service.

“In addition, those who can protect themselves early should do so.

“Every year in Scotland, thousands of adults and children are hospitalised for treatment of flu and its complications. The flu vaccination provides the best defence against flu, so I would encourage everyone who is eligible to take up the offer of the free flu vaccine.”

Dr Owl will be delivering his messages across radio, television and newspapers, as well as Facebook and twitter (@NHS24 #healthwise) throughout December. You can join in the conversation and share your own top tips via #healthwise.

For more information visit the winter health zone at