Steps to stay healthy this Easter

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

The NHS Scotland ‘Be Ready for Easter’ campaign, which was launched this week, 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. Within NHS Tayside, practices will be closed Easter Monday, April 1 and the following Monday, April 8.

Professor George Crooks, NHS 24’s medical director, said: “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.”

Dr Joyce Meikle, lead clinician for Tayside’s Out of Hours service, said the service will provide support for patients requiring urgent care while surgeries are closed.

She continued: “Being prepared with medicines at home to treat minor illness and planning ahead to ensure that repeat prescriptions are organised in advance helps us to ensure that we are able to help those who most urgently require our assistance”.

The four key steps that Be Ready for Easter recommends this spring are to restock medicine cabinets if needed as common ailments can often be effectively treated at home with readily available medicine such as pain relief, cough mixture and cold remedies. Parents are reminded to restock their medicine cabinet with child-friendly remedies.

Use local pharmacies, which can offer advice or help for over-the-counter remedies or if any prescribed medication has run out. Make sure patients have enough repeat prescription by ensuring they are ordered and collected in good time to ensure enough medicine to last over the holiday period.

Know when GP surgeries will be open as some may be closed at different times during the Easter weekend.

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