Dr Owl is taking to the spring skies to remind people to take a few simple steps to look after their health this Easter and make the most of the holiday weekend.
In Tayside your local GP surgery will be open on Good Friday (March 25) and then closed for three days, including Easter Monday (March 28), before re-opening on Tuesday March 29. GP surgeries will also close on Monday, April 4, re-opening Tuesday, April 5.
People are being reminded to check their local GP surgery and community pharmacy opening hours and to make sure they have a supply of over the counter medicines and repeat prescriptions.
The Easter holiday is one of the busiest part of the year for the NHS in Scotland and NHS 24’s Medical Director, Professor George Crooks is urging people to stay safe and be prepared: “It’s an early Easter this year so there could still be winter colds and illnesses around alongside spring challenges such as hay fever. It is important that people are as prepared as possible if they want to make the most of the Easter break.
“Being prepared means having enough over the counter medication on hand if illness strikes. It is also important to plan ahead for any required repeat prescriptions over Easter, so please order only what you need and collect in good time. Finally, the NHS inform website is packed with advice for common ailments.”
Dr Jane Bruce, clinical director for out-of-hours, NHS Tayside added: “With children off school and with improving weather, there can be an increased risk of minor injuries like cuts and bruises, so make sure antiseptic cream or wipes and plasters are part of your home medicine cabinet. The GP out-of-hours service is for urgent problems that cannot wait until your GP surgery opens. Don’t forget, your local pharmacy is a great source of advice on treating minor illnesses or injuries when GP surgeries are closed.”
Although many GP surgeries will be closed at Easter, hundreds of GPs will be working throughout this period supporting out of hours services across Scotland. The Be Health-Wise This Easter campaign aims to reduce pressure on our vital NHS services during a very busy period by helping to keep us healthy and well and advising what to do if we do fall ill.
General advice and information on how to stay healthy this Easter can be found at www.nhsinform.co.uk or contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.