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Small steps make a big difference for NHS this Easter

By Kirsty Brown

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AS NHS 24 prepares for the busy Easter holiday, people across Scotland are being encouraged to take small steps to make a big difference to their health.

NHS services are often busy during public holidays and local services may be operating slightly differently so it’s a good idea to plan ahead for common illnesses and minor accidents which can be managed at home.

The 111 service is usually busy during the long weekend, with a lot of calls about medicines and common ailments.

NHS 24’s Medical Director, Dr Laura Ryan said: "It's always good to be able to manage common illnesses, and it's especially important this year.

"Having pain killers at home such as paracetamol and ibuprofen means you can quickly and easily manage symptoms.

"If you’ve got wee ones at home a first aid kit is handy and our first aid pages on NHS Inform can advise what to do if anyone is unlucky enough to have an injury- they cover everything from burns and scalds to bumps and scrapes.

"Our 111 service gets a lot of calls about medicines so it’s worth remembering that your local pharmacist can help with much more than prescriptions, they can offer advice, treatment or further referral if required.

"Covid-19 guidelines are still in place, and all up to date information- including how to book a test, guidance on isolation, and info on the vaccination process, is available at www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus.

"We're all crossing our fingers for a sunny Easter, and some simple steps mean you can relax and enjoy the holiday."

General advice and information on how to stay healthy this Easter can be found at www.nhsinform.scot/easter.

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