NHS Forth Valley get set for winter

District Nurse Tracey Mckinstrie, GP Dr Wilson Evans and Community Pharmacist Lynzie Mack launch the 2013 Be Ready For Winter Campaign.
District Nurse Tracey Mckinstrie, GP Dr Wilson Evans and Community Pharmacist Lynzie Mack launch the 2013 Be Ready For Winter Campaign.

The NHS Forth Valley campaign to encourage people across the area to prepare ahead for the winter period got off to a flying start with the help of some four-legged friends.

The ‘Be Ready for Winter’ campaign outlines the simple steps that people can take to keep themselves well during the winter months and also highlights where people can access local health treatment and advice over the festive season.

According to Dr Wilson Evans, winter is a very busy time for the NHS and you can do a lot to help avoid placing extra demands on hospital and emergency services by making the best use of your local pharmacy, GP practice or minor injuries services.

He said: “This year GP surgeries will only be closed for two days over Christmas and a further two days over New Year however if you need to see a GP when practices are closed, contact NHS 24 on 0845 24 24 24 and they can direct you to your nearest GP out-of-hours centre.

Pharmacies across Forth Valley operate a rota-system over the festive period. Details of the opening times can be found by contacting NHS 24 or visiting the winter zone on the NHS Forth Valley website at www.nhsforthvalley.com