Doctors urge a spring into a healthy Easter

Doctors are encouraging North-east residents to put a spring into their steps by reminding them to prepare for the Easter holiday period.

The NHS Scotland Be Ready for Easter campaign is advising people to take a few simple steps to look after their health.

By making sure they have a supply of over the counter medicines , knowing when their GP surgery is open and checking their repeat prescriptions, they can ensure they make the most of the Easter holiday weekend.

This year many GP surgeries in Grampian will be closed over the weekend and Easter Monday (April 1).

NHS Grampian’s medical director, Dr Roelf Dijkhuizen, said: “Although many GP surgeries will be closed at Easter the usual out of hours services will be available.

‘‘Taking a few simple steps to be ready for the break means illness need not spoil the Easter holiday.”

NHS 24 medical director, Professor George Crooks, said: “After winter, Easter is the busiest time of year for Scotland’s health services.

‘‘The Be Ready for Easter campaign wants to remind people of the small steps they can take to ensure illness doesn’t ruin their break.

“Being prepared by having enough repeat medication to cover you and having some simple home remedies available can make all the difference if illness strikes.

‘‘It is also important to plan ahead for any required repeat prescriptions over the Easter break, so please order and collect in good time. We would also remind people of the wide range of health information available at NHS inform.”

The four key steps that Be Ready for Easter recommends this Spring are:

n To restock your medicine cabinet if needed;

n To use the local pharmacy if need be;

n Make sure your repeat prescription is also stocked up;

n Know when your GP surgery will once again be open.

General advice and information on how to stay healthy this Easter can be found at www.nhsinform.co.uk or contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.

For information and advice on who to turn to if you are ill or injured visit www.know-who-to-turn-to.com