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Knowing how and where to access health services is key to maintaining good health over the Easter holiday.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has produced its annual ‘Easter Guide to your health services’ which details how the public should use their health service over the Easter period.
Some NHS services, including GP surgeries, will be closed over the two public holidays, Friday 25 and Monday 28 March.
The guide can be accessed online at http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/knowwhototurnto
and includes vital information such as the opening hours of pharmacies, advice on how to access health services and information on contacting NHS 24.
As well as being available online, the guide will again be distributed widely throughout GP surgeries, health centres, clinics, pharmacies and opticians in the NHSGGC Clyde area.
Dr Emilia Crighton, NHSGGC’s Director of Public Health, said: “As always, our hospitals and community health services make plans that are flexible to meet increased demand over the holiday period.
“However, it’s also important that the public are prepared for GP surgeries and dental surgeries being closed over the 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 patients will receive speedy and appropriate advice and we are able to direct help to where it is needed most.”
"Easter falls slightly earlier this year and as such, there are still many common illnesses circulating within communities. Being prepared by having enough repeat medication to cover you and having some simple home remedies available can make all the difference if illness strikes.
“It is also important to plan ahead for any required repeat prescriptions over the Easter break, so please order and collect in good time and enjoy your Easter.”
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.