Know who to turn to - our guide will help you find the help you need

When some NHS services, including GP surgeries, are closed over night and at weekends, there is always someone to turn to.

Our guide can be accessed online at and includes vital information on how to access health services and information on contacting NHS 24.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC’s Director of Public Health, said: “"We've had quite a mild winter but seasonal colds and illnesses can still be around alongside spring conditions such as hay fever.

"Simple steps such as having enough over the counter medication in the medicine cupboard and plan ahead for any required repeat prescriptions.

"With children off school and with improving weather, there can be an increased risk of minor injuries like bumps, bruises and cuts. It's an idea to have some antiseptic cream, wipes and plasters available in case little accidents happen.

"Don't forget, your local pharmacy can also be a great source of advice on treating minor illnesses or injuries and the NHS inform website is packed with advice for common ailments."

Even when GP surgeries are closed, hundreds of GPs will be working, supporting out of hours services across Scotland.

Dr de Caestecker continued: “However, it’s also important that the public are prepared for GP surgeries and dental surgeries being closed over long weekends and knowing what to do if they feel unwell.

“Our guide tells you where to turn to when you’re ill or injured and can’t wait until your GP surgery re-opens for advice.”
General advice and information on how to stay healthy can be found at or contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.