Do your bit to help the NHS help others this winter

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison attending the Be Heathwise campaign launch at Minor Injuries Unit, New Victoria Hospital, Glasgow. l-r: Araf Saddiq (Paramedic, Scottish Ambulance Service), Shona Robison, Julie Walker (Emergency Nurse) and Lesley Robertson (Nurse Practitioner NHS 24)More info from Laura Varney at NHS24 on 07920 251343.
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison attending the Be Heathwise campaign launch at Minor Injuries Unit, New Victoria Hospital, Glasgow. l-r: Araf Saddiq (Paramedic, Scottish Ambulance Service), Shona Robison, Julie Walker (Emergency Nurse) and Lesley Robertson (Nurse Practitioner NHS 24)More info from Laura Varney at NHS24 on 07920 251343.

NHS 24 is urging people across Scotland to look after their health this winter with a few simple steps.

The advice is being shared as part of the national ‘Be Healthwise’ campaign which was launched by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Shona Robison MSP.

The Minister was joined by a group of health and medical staff at the New Victoria Hospital in Glasgow to highlight to the public, the importance of looking after their own and their families’ health.

The campaign 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.

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

Ms 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.”