During the festive period it should sit beside the TV listings – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) essential winter guide.
The colourful booklet, “Festive guide to your health services”, gives details of which NHS services are available over the holiday period.
It is being distributed widely throughout GP surgeries, health centres, clinics, pharmacies and opticians and includes vital information such as the opening hours of pharmacies throughout the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, with advice on how to access a GP when surgeries are closed.
The guide also reminds the public that three Minor Injury Units (MIUs) operate at the New Victoria Hospital, New Stobhill Hospital and the Vale of Leven Hospital between 9am-9pm throughout the holiday, for a range of minor physical injuries for adults and children aged five and over.
It also includes contact information about the wide range of out-of-hours services including those staffed by GPs.
Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHSGGC’s Director of Public Health, said: “Whilst GP and dental surgeries close for the two public holidays at Christmas and again at New Year, many other health services remain open.
“This guide lets you know where you can access help if someone becomes unwell and can’t wait for the GP surgery to re-open on 27th December and on January 3rd following the Christmas and New Year holidays. I’d encourage everybody to make sure to get their copy and keep it handy.
“It is essential that people make sure they have a sufficient supplies of any medication they may need as being prepared can be a key factor in preventing hospital admissions.
“Also many common ailments, such as colds and flu or stomach upsets, can be treated without going to GPs or local hospitals - pharmacists often provide the appropriate help. This booklet lets people know what services are available when over the holidays, and if people have it to hand they can access healthcare services appropriately over the festive holiday.”
“We are also asking people to be aware of a few simple precautions if they need to visit a friend or relative in hospital, particularly as we are seeing an increase in the number of people contracting Norovirus in the community.
People can help limit the spread of the virus by a few simple steps:
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food.
• Do not share towels and flannels.
• Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with the virus. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the cleaning product.
• Wash any clothing or bedding that could have become contaminated with the virus. Wash the items seperately and on a hot wash to ensure that the virus is killed.
• Flush away any infected faeces or vomit in the toilet and keep the surrounding toilet area clean.
• Avoid eating raw, unwashed produce.”
For those who don’t manage to pick up a copy of the brochure, the information from the brochure can be accessed by clicking onto www.nhsggc.org.uk/knowhototurnto
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.