Advice for a healthy Christmas

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AN NHS Scotland campaign is urging southsiders to be prepared for winter – and the unexpected health problems it can bring.

The roadshow is visiting Pollok library on Tuesday, December 11 from 10am until 5pm, offering advice on enjoying a healthy festive period.

Tips include re-stocking the medicine cabinet, checking repeat prescriptions and knowing GP surgery opening times over the holidays.

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

“I would advise people to take the time now to re-stock the medicine cabinet with items such as paracetamol, cough mixture, throat lozenges and cold and flu treatments, to deal with any winter ailments that may strike.

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

“I would urge people living in Glasgow to take some time out of their Christmas shopping to visit the roadshow, and get some important information about their health this winter”.

GP surgeries will be closed on December 25 and 26 this year, as well as January 1 and 2.

More information on NHS Scotland’s Be Ready for Winter campaign can be found at