Health tips for Easter

Brodie Dawson (2) and Rowan Calveley (3) help launch NHS Scotland's Be Ready for Easter Campaign with some spring gardening at Oakwood Garden Centre, Stirlingshire. More info from NHS24 Communications Dept on 0141 337 4501.
Brodie Dawson (2) and Rowan Calveley (3) help launch NHS Scotland's Be Ready for Easter Campaign with some spring gardening at Oakwood Garden Centre, Stirlingshire. More info from NHS24 Communications Dept on 0141 337 4501.

PEOPLE in Grampian are being encouraged to put a “spring” in their step this Easter by preparing ahead for the holiday period.

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

By re-stocking their medicine cabinets if needed, knowing when their GP surgery is open and planning ahead for any necessary repeat prescriptions, they can ensure they make the most of the Easter holiday weekend.

This year some GP surgeries across Scotland may be closed for four days from Friday April 6 to Monday April 9.

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 Easter.

“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.”

Although many GP surgeries will be closed at Easter, hundreds of GPs will be working throughout this period supporting out of hours services across Scotland.

Dr Pauline Strachan, chief operating officer for NHS Grampian added: “Many GP surgeries will be closed for three days so it is important that people take a few simple precautions to look after their health over the Easter break. NHS Grampian is very supportive of this campaign and is encouraging people to follow its advice.”

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

Restock your medicine cabinet if needed; Use your local pharmacy; Make sure you have enough repeat prescription; Know when your GP surgery will be open.