GP surgery hours over Easter time

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AS the Easter holiday approaches, Borders residents are being encouraged to plan ahead.

This year most GP surgeries across the Borders will be closed on Monday, April 2, but will be open on Friday, April 6, and Monday, April 9. Many pharmacies will also be closed on Monday, April 2, and some may be closed on Monday, April 9, or only open for a limited number hours - so the message is to check well ahead so your know when you local surgery and pharmacy will be open, and make sure you have medicines to see you over the holiday period.

Dr Sheena MacDonald, associate medical director, from NHS Borders health board, said: “With so many school and public holidays during April, it’s important to be prepared to look after your health. This includes knowing when your GP surgery is open, planning ahead if you need repeat prescriptions and making sure your medicine cabinet is well stocked with common remedies.”

The four key steps that Be Ready for Easter recommends are: Restock your medicine cabinet - Common ailments such as colds can often be effectively treated at home with readily available medicine such as pain relief, cough mixture and cold remedies. Parents are reminded to restock their medicine cabinet with child-friendly remedies.

Use your local pharmacy - your pharmacist can offer advice on over-the-counter remedies or if you have run out of any prescribed medication, plus provide remedies for minor accidents such as plasters and antiseptic creams.

Make sure you have repeat prescriptions - If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time.

Know when your GP surgery will be open - Your local doctor’s surgery may be closed on Monday, April 2.

Although the GP surgeries will be closed, NHS 24 and the Borders Out of Hours service will be working and general advice and information on how to stay healthy this Easter can be found at www.nhsinform.co.uk or contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.