Make sure that you are pre­pared for fes­tive pe­riod

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents are be­ing en­cour­aged to have their prepa­ra­tions in place in time for the fes­tive pe­riod.

NHS La­nark­shire’s health board has a ro­bust plan so that pa­tients con­tinue to re­ceive high qual­ity care through­out the win­ter months.

Now health staff are en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to have their own prepa­ra­tions in place by know­ing when lo­cal ser­vices are open over the fes­tive pe­riod.

Those prepa­ra­tions may in­clude or­der­ing any re­peat pre­scrip­tions early, get­ting the flu jab and stock­ing up on over the counter reme­dies for com­mon win­ter ill­nesses like coughs and colds.

Craig Cun­ning­ham, Head of Health, South La­nark­shire Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship and NHS La­nark­shire’s win­ter plan­ning lead, said: “We have a tried and tested ap­proach to win­ter plan­ning in La­nark­shire, which we are im­prov­ing ev­ery year with in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to en­sure we can pro­vide a rapid and ef­fec­tive re­sponse dur­ing the pe­ri­ods of great­est pres­sure.”

This year’s plan in­cludes ad­di­tional open­ing hours for nearly half of La­nark­shire’s GP prac­tices on Mon­days fol­low­ing Christ­mas and New Year.

Pa­tients reg­is­tered with th­ese prac­tices, who need ur­gent ac­cess to see a GP, will be able to make an ap­point­ment dur­ing the time they are open.

Other pa­tients who re­quire an ur­gent ap­point­ment and can­not wait un­til their GP prac­tice is open should call NHS 24 on 111.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the La­nark­shire win­ter plan and health ad­vice this win­ter visit: www.nhsla­nark­shire.org.uk/HealthyLiv­ing/ Win­ter .

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