Your festive health guide should be top of your Christmas list

With Christmas just around the corner knowing where to go if you need NHS help over the festive holiday is a must for everyone.

To find out what services are available when, whether you just need some over the counter medicine or you need the services of a dentist, our ‘Festive Guide to your Health Services’ should be top of your Christmas list.

Find out 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 is available online at and copies are also available as a booklet in GP surgeries, health centres, clinics, pharmacies, dentists and opticians and provides vital information should you require healthcare over the festive holiday.

The guide provides information on our three Minor Injury Units (MIUs) which operate at the New Victoria Hospital, New Stobhill 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.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, our Director of Public Health, said: “Because Christmas and New Year fall at the beginning of the working week, GP and dental surgeries will be closed for four days each week this 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 information in the Festive Guide to hand either online or as a booklet, you will 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, it’s 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 by following a few simple steps we can help limit the spread of the virus:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food.
  • Do not share towels and flannels.
  • Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with the virus. It’s best to use a bleach-based household cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the cleaning product.
  • Wash any clothing or bedding that has become soiled separately and on a hot wash to ensure that the virus is killed.
  • Flush away any infected faeces or vomit in the toilet and keep the surrounding toilet clean.