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NHS help in winter

Published: 29 Dec 2017 10:16

DCMO reminder on where to get help ahead of New Year holiday weekend.

People should ’know who to turn to’ for health advice ahead of the New Year weekend.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith says it’s really important to know where to go for help over New Year, with seasonal illnesses such as flu and norovirus rising and further weather warnings for snow and ice that can lead to road accidents, slips and falls.

Dr Gregor Smith said:

“There are many sources of useful information and advice available, or places to go and get help.

“For minor ailments such as coughs and colds or indigestion, the local pharmacist can give advice. Online, www.NHSinform.scot has a range of easy to use, self-help guides on a number of common conditions.

“Minor Injuries Units can deal with cuts, strains or suspected fractures, while NHS 24 will help when the GP surgery or pharmacy is closed and you are too ill to wait.

“Only dial 999 in a serious or life threatening emergency and only go to A&E if you have had an accident or you are experiencing significant difficulties, such as trouble breathing or severe bleeding.”

Health Secretary Shona Robison said:

“Demand on the NHS always increases in winter and especially at New Year, so it’s important people know where to get medical advice on weekends and public holidays.

“Thanks to the extraordinary commitment of all of our staff to deliver the best possible care, Scotland’s NHS is well-prepared. Extra investment of £22.4 million will ensure there are additional staff working to deal with extra demand and to maintain weekend and holiday discharges so there is capacity across the system.”