Know where to turn at Easter

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OVERINDULGING in Easter eggs is normal at this time of year – but it’s important to know who to turn to when it’s more than just a stomach ache.

Some of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde services – including GP surgeries – are closed today (Friday) and Monday, making it all the more important to know who to turn to, should you have a health problem.

An advice booklet has been distributed throughout GP surgeries, health centres and pharmacies, offering key contacts, as well as pharmacy opening hours and advice on how to access an out of hours GP.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHS GGC’s director of public health, explained: “As always, our hospitals and community health services make plans that are flexible enough to meet increased demand over the holiday period. But being prepared is increasingly about preventing admissions.

“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 using healthcare services appropriately over the Good Friday and Easter Monday public holidays, pressure on the system is relieved, patients will receive speedy and suitable advice and we are able to direct help to where it is needed most.”

For those who haven’t managed to pick up a brochure, further information — including emergency pharmacists — is available at the NHS GGC website.