Ad­vice on good win­ter health

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Res­i­dents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are be­ing en­cour­aged to stay healthy this win­ter.

NHS 24‘Be Health­wise This Win­ter’cam­paign aim is to raise aware­ness of sim­ple steps we can all take to man­age win­ter ill­nesses and ad­vise on what to do if we do fall ill. The cam­paign also aims to re­duce pres­sure on our vi­tal NHS ser­vices dur­ing the busy win­ter months by help­ing peo­ple make the right choice about where best to take their health needs.

This year al­most half of all La­nark­shire GP surg­eries will open ex­tra hours on the two fes­tive Mon­days – De­cem­ber 28 and Jan­uary 4 – for ur­gent ap­point­ments. Check with your lo­cal surgery for de­tails.

John McA­naw, NHS 24’s Head of Phar­macy, said: “Win­ter poses some real health chal­lenges and it’s im­por­tant to be fa­mil­iar with dif­fer­ent open­ing hours at many lo­cal phar­ma­cies and GP surg­eries.

“That is why peo­ple who need re­peat pre­scrip­tions should check they have enough for the hol­i­days and or­der what they need in plenty of time. If for any rea­son there is no ac­cess to re­peat medicines then a phar­ma­cist should also be able to help with this.”

The cam­paign is sup­ported by NHS24’s Dr Owl mas­cot. Join in the chat and share your own top tips via #health­wise.

See www.nhsin­form.

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