NHS Scotland’s Be Health-Wise This Easter campaign has outlined three key steps to ensure people enjoy a healthy and happy holiday period.
Grampian residents have been advised to be prepared for common illnesses with over-the-counter medicines, ensure that they are stocked with repeat prescriptions and also be aware of their local doctor and pharmacy opening times.
Many local GP surgeries will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday which has prompted the campaign, led by NHS 24 with Dr Owl and his forest friends.
Dr Laura Ryan, NHS 24’s Medical Director, said: “Planning ahead can help ensure that common ailments such as colds and flu don’t become a big problem over Easter.
“Common illnesses can often be treated at home with over-the-counter medicines such as pain relief, antihistamines and indigestion remedies. So make sure you have enough to cover the holiday period.
“Make the most of the brighter spring weather and get outdoors with your family, but remember to pick up some plasters and antiseptic cream for treating any minor injuries, such as scratches, bumps and cuts.”
Dr Ryan also emphasised the importance to those who require regular medication to keep their prescriptions topped up.
She said: “If you, or someone you care for, requires medicines regularly, make sure you have enough to last over the holiday period.”
Local pharmacy times can be found on Scotland’s Service Directory at NHSinform.scot and if you or someone you know falls ill over the Easter, please call NHS 24 on 111.