Be prepared for GP surgery closures

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People in Brechin and Edzell are reminded to be prepared for GP closures over the festive holidays.

The NHSScotland Be Ready for Winter campaign advises people to be aware that many GP surgeries and pharmacies will be closed for four days at Christmas (December 24 - 27), and for four days again at New Year (December 31 - January 3).

As well as knowing the holiday opening and closure times of your local GP and pharmacy, people are also being urged to re-stock their medicine cabinet with remedies to treat common winter ailments and plan ahead for any required repeat prescriptions.

Many GPs will be working hard throughout the festive period supporting local Out of Hours services and Be Ready for Winter has the backing of the British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Scotland.

General advice and information on how to stay healthy this winter can be found at www.nhsinform.co.uk or contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.

Winter health advice is also available through the NHSScotland digital TV channel, or follow NHS 24 on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and tips.

The four key steps that Be Ready for Winter is recommending everyone take in preparation for their health this winter are: Restock your winter medicine cabinet.

Many children and adults pick up common winter ailments such as a cold or flu-like illness. These can often be effectively treated at home with readily available medicine.

Parents are reminded to restock their medicine cabinet with remedies suitable for children.

Use your local pharmacy.

Your local pharmacy is an accessible resource for you and your family. Your pharmacist can offer advice or help if you have run out of any prescribed medication. You can also collect medicine for minor ailments or illnesses.

Make sure you have repeat prescriptions.

If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you or your family have enough medicine to last over the Christmas holiday period.

Know when your GP surgery will be open.

Your local doctor’s surgery will be open on Friday, December, 23 then closed for four days during the Christmas period and it will re-open on Wednesday, December 28. The surgery will be shut again from December 31 to January 3 and reopen on Wednesday, January 4,.

In Brechin Boots Pharmacy will open on Tuesday, December 27 and Tuesday, January 3 from 10 am to 2 pm.