Stay healthy at Christmas
Surgeries closed on bank holidays
Patients in Rutherglen and Cambuslang will need to rely on NHS 24 services if they need a GP on the Christmas and new year bank holiday Mondays.
Although nearly half of Lanarkshire GP surgeries will open extra hours, none of them will be in the local area.
However, five pharmacies will be open across the two towns on Boxing Day and January 2.
In Rutherglen, both Miller and McGowan Ltd and Thomas McLean and Son on Stonelaw Road will open from 9am until 1pm, while Superdrug in Rutherglen Exchange Shopping Centre will be open between 9am and 5.30pm.
And in Cambuslang, Lloyds Pharmacy in Drumsagard will open from 9am until 5pm while Leslie’s on the Main Street will open 8.45am until 5pm.
Pharmacy cover on Monday, December 28 and Monday, January 4 will be extensive in Rutherglen with eight pharmacies saying they will open.
However, only two in Cambuslang are listed as opening on those days.
NHS Lanarkshire has been keen in the run up to Christmas to make sure patients are prepared for the festive period.
Dr Chris Mackintosh, medical director, South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Our Out of Hours Service, which operates when GP practices are closed, is always extremely busy on the days following Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The additional GP opening hours will help ensure that patients in need of urgent care are seen conveniently and quickly.
“Patients should check with their own GP surgery for opening times on these days. Anyone registered with a participating practice who needs urgent access to see a GP will be able to make an appointment during the times it is open.
“Other patients who require an urgent appointment and cannot wait until their GP practice is open should call NHS 24 on 111.”
“Now is the ideal time to make your own and your family’s health part of your festive preparations.
“We are recommending that everyone follows the advice of the national campaign to Be Healthwise This Winter.
“That means knowing when your GP surgery and pharmacy are open is important, as well as ensuring you have supplies of any regular medication. It also means that you should get your flu vaccine if you are in the right age group or have particular health needs.”
More information can be found at www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk.
Monday off Rutherglen Primary Care Centre won’t be one of the surgeries open on the bank holiday