NHSScotland launch ‘Be Ready for Easter’

Be ready for Easter campaign launched last week

Be ready for Easter campaign launched last week

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People in Brechin, Edzell and the surrounding area are being urged not to get caught on the ‘hop’ this Easter with illnesses.

NHSScotland has launched their ‘Be Ready for Easter’ campaign, which is urging residents to prepare for the holiday period.

The campaign outlines simple steps that can help people take care of their health and their families’ health during the occasions when GP surgeries are closed over the Easter break.

The campaign is urging people to make sure they are aware of closures as well as asking the public to make sure to check their repeat prescriptions and stock up on over the counter medicines.

In Tayside, GP surgeries will be closed on Monday, April 7, and Monday, April 21, but they will be open as normal on Good Friday (April 18).

NHS 24 Medical Director Professor George Crooks commented: “After winter, Easter is the busiest time of year for Scotland’s health services.

“The Be Ready for Easter campaign wants to remind people of the small steps they can take to ensure illness doesn’t ruin their Easter.

“Being prepared by having enough repeat medication to cover you and having some simple home remedies available can make all the difference if illness strikes.

“It is also important to plan ahead for any required repeat prescriptions over the Easter break, so please order and collect in good time.

“We would also remind people of the wide range of health information available at NHS Inform.”

Lead clinician for Tayside out of hours (OOH), Dr Joyce Meikle, added: “When practices are closed in April, the OOH service will provide support for those patients who require urgent care.

“Being prepared with medicines at home to treat minor illness and planning ahead to ensure that repeat prescriptions are organised in advance helps us to ensure that we are able to help those who most urgently require our assistance”.

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 four key steps that Be Ready for Easter recommends this Spring are:

Restock your medicine cabinet if needed - common ailments such as colds can often be effectively treated at home, with readily available medicine such as pain relief, cough mixture and cold remedies. Parents are reminded to restock their medicine cabinet with child-friendly remedies.

Use your local pharmacy - your pharmacist can offer advice or help if you need over-the-counter remedies or have run out of any prescribed medication. You can also pick up plasters and antiseptic creams to prepare for any minor accidents.

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

Know when your GP surgery will be open - your local health centre may be closed for four days during the Easter weekend, from Good Friday (April 18) to Easter Monday (April 21)

For more general advice and information on how to stay healthy this Easter, go online to www.nhsinform.co.uk or by contact NHS inform by telephone on 0800 22 44 88.