Be healthwise this Easter

Dr Owl – the character from a Scottish national health campaign – has once again taken to the skies for the Be Health-Wise This Easter campaign.

GP surgeries across the Scottish Borders will close for three days over the Easter weekend, including Easter Monday (April 6), re-opening on Tuesday, April 7.

After winter, Easter is the busiest time of year for Scotland’s health services. NHS 24 medical director Professor George Crooks said: “Easter falls slightly earlier this year and as such, there are still many common illnesses circulating within communities. The campaign wants to remind people of the small steps they can take to ensure illness doesn’t ruin their Easter.

“Being prepared by having enough repeat medication to cover you and having some simple home remedies available can make all the difference. It is important to plan ahead for peat prescriptions over the Easter break, so please order and collect in good time. We would also remind people of the wide range of health information available at NHS inform.”

Jonathan Kirk, NHS Borders associate medical director and chair of primary and community services added: “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.