NHS encouraging Scots to Be Ready for Easter

The NHSScotland Be Ready for Easter campaign, which was launched today (Tuesday 1st April), is advising people to take a few simple steps to look after their health.
The NHSScotland Be Ready for Easter campaign, which was launched today (Tuesday 1st April), is advising people to take a few simple steps to look after their health.

The NHS is offering advice to Buchan residents about how they can access healthcare over the Easter weekend.

This year many GP surgeries across the country will be closed for four days from Good Friday (April 18) to Easter Monday (April 21st) before reopening on Tuesday, April 22.

The ‘Be Ready for Easter’ campaign is encouraging patients to ensure they have a suitable supply of over-the-counter medicines and checking their repeat prescriptions.

NHS 24 medical director Professor George Crooks said: “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.”

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.

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