Stock up for Christmas

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BE prepared for winter: that’s the message from the NHS this Christmas.

The health board has been on the road throughout December, encouraging residents to plan ahead for the festive period — and make sure that winter doesn’t get the best of them.

The NHS Scotland’s Be Ready for Winter campaign offers advice on making through GP surgery closures and coughs and colds, while still finding time to enjoy Christmas.

NHS 24 medical director, Dr George Crooks, explained: “By preparing ahead, people can ensure they make the most of the festive period, by not allowing winter coughs and colds to spoil their holiday.

“I would advise people to take the time now to restock their medicine cabinet with items such as paracetamol, cough mixture, throat lozenges and cold and flu treatments, and to deal with any winter ailments which may inevitably strike this winter.

“Your local pharmacist is also a good source of information and advice on re-stocking the medicine cabinet.

“If you need to visit your GP, try to schedule an appointment and submit your repeat prescription request in plenty of time”.

Southsiders are asked to note that GP surgeries will be closed on Christmas day (Tuesday, December 25) and Boxing day (Wednesday, December 26), as well as on New Year’s day (Tuesday, January 1), and January 2.

Meanwhile, minor injury units (MIUs) operate at three hospitals – the New Victoria, New Stobhill and Vale of Leven – between 9am and 9pm throughout the holidays, and can treat a range of minor injuries in adults or children aged five and up.

The NHS 24 hotline will also remain open throughout the holidays, so if you are ill on a day when the GP surgery is closed and can’t wait until it re-opens, you can call 08454 24 24 24, and an advisor will discuss your options, including being seen by an out-of-hours service where appropriate.

Further information on the Be Ready for Winter campaign, and general tips of staying healthy throughout the festive season, are available at www.nhsinform.co.uk/winter or on 0800 22 44 88.