Be Health Wise this Christmas
As you may have noticed, NHS Scotland recently launched this year’s Winter Health campaign. The message, from the ever-wise ‘Dr Owl’ remains simple; Be ‘Health Wise’ this year and prepare yourself and your family for the festive season.
We are all being urged to take time out from the relentless demands of the festive build-up to stock up on medicines, order repeat prescriptions in advance and get to know the opening hours of your GP and local Pharmacy.
As part of this year’s national campaign, NHS Scotland is also encouraging those with minor illnesses like coughs and colds to visit their local community pharmacy before making an appointment with their GP this winter.
Don’t leave it to the Elves
We all know that the run up to Christmas can be an exceptionally busy time, with so much to plan and take care of and the boring matters of medicines can easily be shunted down the list. However, we would urge you to remember to prepare for a ‘health-wise’ festive season by following this simple guide:
Repeat Prescriptions: Remember to order them well in advance of the holiday period and don’t order more than you need. Did you know Lindsay & Gilmour offer a handy, free, collection & delivery service? Find out more online at https://lindsayandgilmour.co.uk/repeats/
Stock up your medicine cupboard: Running low on indigestion tablets? Want to be prepared for the dreaded winter coughs and colds? Your Lindsay & Gilmour pharmacist can advise on what’s best to have in your medicine cupboard for minor ailments or illnesses to help you feel armed!
Know your opening times: Make a note of the opening hours of your GP Practice and local Lindsay & Gilmour Pharmacy over Christmas and New Year.
Your Local Community Pharmacy can help
With ever increasing strains on our NHS services, the role of your local ‘community’ pharmacy has never been so important and it’s vital to stress just how much we, as trained health professionals, can contribute to your health and wellbeing over the winter months.
Most pharmacists in Scotland can give out advice and treatment and issue repeat prescriptions, and people are being encouraged to think ‘Pharmacy First’ where possible, to relieve pressure on GPs, minor injuries clinics and emergency departments.
But what does this actually mean?
Community pharmacies are a great place to go to for minor ailments and illnesses, and all the highly skilled health professionals at Lindsay & Gilmour can provide health and medicines advice on a ‘drop in’ basis, often just a short distance from your home.
You may also be familiar with the ‘Minor Ailments Service’ which is currently available at all our pharmacies for children, people aged 60 or over, people who hold a medical exemption certificate and people on certain benefits, but the Scottish Government plans to roll it out to everyone. This will include giving more pharmacists the ability to prescribe some medicines. So watch this space!
Lindsay & Gilmour Festive Opening Times 2018
It’s business as usual at your local Lindsay & Gilmour over the festive period but please note we are CLOSED on the following dates:
Tuesday 25th December
Wednesday 26th December
Tuesday 1st January
Wednesday 2nd January
The only exceptions are as follows:
GRANGEMOUTH – open on Christmas Day 9-10am (25th Dec)
CROSS – open 10.30am-midday on Boxing Day (26th Dec)
And remember, if you have an emergency, help is only a phone call away.
Call 111 free or visit www.nhs24.scot