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*UPDATED* Hospital visiting changes, home testing kits, Vaccine info, general info and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Forget faddy presents and tacky tinsel, a copy of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) winter guide should be top of your Christmas list this year.

The Festive Guide to Your Health Services booklet is distributed across GP surgeries, health centres, clinics, pharmacies, dentists and opticians.

This essential guide is also instantly available at the click of your smart-phone or computer – simply go to the NHSGGC website.

Vital information covered includes 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 also reminds the public that three Minor Injury Units (MIUs) 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.

Contact information regarding the wide range of out-of-hours services including those staffed by GPs is also comprehensively covered.

Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC’s  Director of Public Health, said: “Because Christmas and New Year fall on the weekend this year, 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 booklet to hand, 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

 The free guide is distributed across GP surgeries, health centres, clinics, pharmacies, dentists and opticians. The information is also available online and can be accessed by clicking onto


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Last Updated: 06 December 2016