Stay healthy at Christ­mas

Surg­eries closed on bank hol­i­days

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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