People in Tayside are being encouraged to Be Health-Wise This Winter as part of a new campaign.
The campaign is running throughout November and December and advises people to be health-wise by checking they have cold and flu remedies, making sure they have enough repeat prescriptions and knowing the opening times of their local pharmacy and GP.
Public Health Minister Maureen Watt said: “Last winter saw increased pressures including an early start to the norovirus season, an increase in respiratory illnesses, and increased pressure on A&E departments, and it is really important that you know who to turn to when you are ill. Unless life threatening NHS 24, the local pharmacy, the GP surgery or minor injuries unit may be the better place to go rather than a busy A & E unit.
“By finding out what services are open and stocking up on winter remedies, we can prevent winter illnesses from spoiling the holiday period. It will also ensure that emergency lifesaving services are kept free for those who really need them.”
This year, GP surgeries throughout most of the country will be closed for four days at Christmas (December 25 to 28), before re-opening on Monday December 29, and again for four days at New Year (January 1 to 4), before re-opening again on Monday, January 5.
The national Be Health-Wise this Winter campaign is supported by NHSScotland in partnership with NHS 24, the Scottish Ambulance Service, all 14 Scottish Health Boards and the British Medical Association in Scotland.
Advice and information on how to stay healthy this winter can be found at www.nhsinform.co.uk/winter or contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.