NHS urges all to be health-wise for the festive season

Be Health-Wise This Winter.'Minister for Public Health Maureen Watt was joined by schoolchildren Brodie Dawson (5) and Douglas Stewart (5) and NHS 24's Executive Nurse Director Sheena Wright to launch the national health campaign at the National Records of Scotland General Register House, Edinburgh.'More info from Amelia Whittaker 07816 179816
Be Health-Wise This Winter.'Minister for Public Health Maureen Watt was joined by schoolchildren Brodie Dawson (5) and Douglas Stewart (5) and NHS 24's Executive Nurse Director Sheena Wright to launch the national health campaign at the National Records of Scotland General Register House, Edinburgh.'More info from Amelia Whittaker 07816 179816

NHS Scotland has launched the Be Health-Wise this Winter campaign to encourage stocking medicine cabinets for Christmas.

The roadshow is on tour, landing in Glasgow this week and visiting Pollok today (Thursday) for the southside leg.

There, campaign mascot Dr Owl is offering tips for families to enjoy a healthy festive period, including knowing when your GP surgery is closed, stocking up on basic medication and referring to NHS 24 for out-of-hours health questions.

Professor George Crooks, NHS 24 medical director, explained: “The Be Health-Wise This Winter roadshow offers the ideal opportunity for Glaswegians to take some time out from their Christmas shopping to get some important information about their health.

“Listen to the wise words of Dr Owl and make sure you have cough and cold remedies at home to deal with any winter ailments. Your local pharmacist is also a good source of information and advice on what to have in your medicine cabinet.

“If you need to visit your GP, try to schedule an appointment before the festive period, and make sure you submit your repeat prescription and pick it up in plenty of time.”

The roadshow stops at Pollok Library today (Thursday, December 4) between 10am and 4pm — or visit nhsinform.co.uk to find out more.

GP surgeries will be closed for four days at Christmas (December 25-28) and four days at New Year (January 1-4), re-opening on Monday, January 5.