Spring into a healthy Easter

PEOPLE in Buchan are being encouraged to put a “spring” in their step this Easter by preparing ahead for the holiday period.

The NHS Scotland Be Ready for Easter campaign, which was launched last week by Scottish nursery children, is advising people to take a few simple steps to look after their health.

By re-stocking their medicine cabinets if needed, knowing when their GP surgery is open and planning ahead for any necessary repeat prescriptions, they can ensure they make the most of the Easter holiday weekend.

This year some GP surgeries across Scotland may be closed for four days from April 6 to 9.

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

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

q Restock your medicine cabinet if needed

q 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.

q Use your local pharmacy

q Your pharmacist can offer advice or help if you need over-the-counter remedies or have run out of any prescribed medication.