Be ready for winter ailments

AN NHS campaign is urging people in Angus and Tayside to take simple steps to prepare for the onset of winter and ensure good health.

NHS Scotland’s Be Ready for Winter campaign which was launched last week, advises people that re-stocking their medicine cabinet, checking their repeat prescriptions and knowing when their GP surgery is closed can all help them to be ready for the ailments brought on by the season.

Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health, said: “This time of year is always very busy, especially for families with young children, and it’s easy to forget things like ordering your repeat prescription.

“Just a few simple steps like finding out what services are open and stocking up your medicine cupboard can help prevent winter coughs and colds from spoiling the holiday season. It will also ensure that emergency life-saving services are kept free for those who really need them.”

This year, GP surgeries will be closed for two days at Christmas - Tuesday, December 25 and Wednesday, December 26, and again for two days at New Year - Tuesday, January 1 and Wednesday, January 2.

Sheena Wright, NHS 24’s director of nursing and care, also said it is important to prepare ahead for this time of year.

She said: “I would urge people to take the time now to re-stock their medicine cabinet with items such as paracetamol, cough mixture, throat lozenges and cold and flu treatments, to deal with any winter ailments that may inevitably strike. Your local pharmacist is a good source of information and advice on re-stocking your medicine cabinet. If you need to visit your GP, try to schedule an appointment before the festive period and submit your repeat prescription request in plenty of time. Remember you can also access urgent out of hours GP services through NHS 24.”

General advice and information can be found at or contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.