Nobody likes being under the weather, especially this time of year. Help you and your family stay well with a bit of healthy know-how.
Check you have medicines at home
One way to prepare for a Public Holiday is to make sure you have some over-the-counter remedies for common illnesses. Your pharmacist can advise you on the best medicines for you and your family.
Good things to have include: paracetamol and ibuprofen for pain relief (check the label or speak to your pharmacist to check it’s suitable for you), anti-histamines to help allergies, anti-diarrhoeals for diarrhoea, indigestion remedies such as an antacid, mild laxatives for constipation, a first aid kit which includes plasters, bandages and antiseptic wipes for cuts and scrapes, medicines specifically for children (your pharmacist can advise on the most suitable ones to keep in the house)
Remember to always follow the advice on the pack and do not get too much as medicines go out of date.
If you rely on regular medicines, you should check you have enough to last you a week. If you need to order more medicines, make sure you order only what you need and in plenty of time. Please allow 7 days from ordering your prescription and collecting it.
If you run out of your regular medicine, and your GP practice is closed, there are ways to get an emergency supply.
Use our self-help guide for advice if you’re having difficulty getting the medicine you need.
Managing common illnesses
Use NHS Inform self-help guides to manage common illnesses like flu, sore throat, diarrhoea and many more.
NHS Pharmacy First Scotland
If you have a minor illness, a pharmacist can give you advice and provide non-prescription medicines free of charge if you are registered with a GP practice in Scotland or you live in Scotland.
The Practice will be closed on the following days:
- Good Friday
- Easter Monday
- Early May
- Spring Bank Holiday – last Monday in May
- Summer bank holiday
- Christmas Day
- Boxing Day
- New Year – usually 1st and 2nd
Please ensure you have enough medication to do you over any of our Public Holiday closures. There is now a 7 working day turnaround for prescription in place so please make sure you order your medication in plenty of time.
eConsult will also be switched off during this period. The surgery telephone line will reopen the following workday morning at 8.30am and eConsult will not be available until 7am the day after we re-open. We will continue with triaging appointments via telephone and eConsult.
Please NHSInform for self-help advice or speak to your pharmacist.
If you need medical attention whilst the practice is closed please contact NHS24 on 111. Please note that calls to this number are recorded.