Ser­vices in good health

Guide launched

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Talk­ing Pol­i­tics - Ian Bunting

Green-fin­gered Mon­k­lands Ro­tar­i­ans were bark­ing up the right tree as they took part in an ecofriendly global cam­paign.

Ro­tar­i­ans around the world have been asked to do their bit to help “trans­form ail­ing forests and beau­ti­ful green spa­ces”by the time this year’s Earth Day comes around on April 22. This is be­ing achieved by plant­ing trees at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, with the Ro­tary Club of Coat­bridge, Air­drie and Mon­k­lands mem­bers po­si­tion­ing 30 trees in a for­est near Glen­boig.

A spokesper­son for the lo­cal club re­vealed:“We are de­ter­mined to do all we can with the Earth Day cam­paign and be­lieve plant­ing these trees will help trans­form the area.

“It was hard work, but well worth it and we can­not wait to see the end prod­uct when the trees start grow­ing.”

Pic­tured plant­ing the Mon­k­lands club’s trees are (L-R) Gavin Gor­don, John Jarvie, pres­i­dent Colin Ooi, John Beever and Bill Craig.

To find out more about the Ro­tary Club of Coat­bridge, Air­drie and Mon­k­lands and its meet­ings and events, visit www. coat­bridgeair­driero­tary.org.uk/

NHS La­nark­shire has launched a new health­care guide in health cen­tres and hos­pi­tals across the re­gion.

The “Meet Your Health­care Ex­perts” doc­u­ment de­tails the range of ser­vices that health­care pro­fes­sion­als, such as phar­ma­cists, phys­io­ther­a­pists, op­ti­cians and GPs, can pro­vide.

It also sup­plies in­for­ma­tion that al­lows peo­ple to go di­rectly to the right health­care pro­fes­sional for the help they need with­out hav­ing to see their GP first.

Dr Iain Wal­lace, med­i­cal di­rec­tor for the health board, said: “We’ve based the in­for­ma­tion in this book­let on some of the com­mon types of ill­ness and in­jury that we see in our A& E de­part­ments and our GP surg­eries that can be treated else­where.

“By fol­low­ing the ad­vice in this guide, pa­tients can go to the right health­care pro­fes­sional first time and, by do­ing so, avoid wait­ing for a GP ap­point­ment or be­ing seen in A&E.

“It a l s o p rov i d e s in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice on self-care, which is of­ten the quick­est and eas­i­est route to feel­ing bet­ter when you’re ill, as well as im­por­tant de­tails on how to ac­cess na­tional ser­vices like NHS In­form and NHS24.”

Dr Wal­lace added: “The guide is part of our wider ‘Meet the Ex­perts’ cam­paign which aims to raise aware­ness of the range and level of health­care ex­per­tise avail­able to com­mu­ni­ties across La­nark­shire.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing the guide and the “Meet the Ex­perts” videos, visit www. nhsla­nark­shire. org.uk

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