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Moray residents given Easter health advice

By Staff Reporter

MORAY residents are being reminded to check their GP surgery opening times ahead of the Easter weekend.

NHS Scotland's Be Health-Wise this Easter campaign is highlighting the fact that many surgeries and pharmacies will be closed over the holiday.

Dr Anna Lamont, associate medical director at NHS 24, said: "Over the holiday, the opening times of GP surgeries and pharmacies will be different, so it's important people know in advance what local services are available. You can find your closest open pharmacy quickly and easily at the touch of a button, using Scotland's Service Directory on NHSinform.scot.

"One of the most enjoyable things about Easter is the delicious sweet treats on offer but be mindful not to eat too much. If you are unlucky enough to catch a cough, cold, flu or tummy upset over the Easter weekend self-help guides are also available at NHSinform.scot, which offer safe advice on treating common seasonal illnesses and conditions at home, including hay fever, sore throat and many more. If your symptoms worsen, despite trying at-home remedies, you should seek medical attention at your GP surgery when it's open, or by contacting NHS 24 on 111 when it is closed."

The three steps the campaign recommends everyone takes are: make sure you have over the counter remedies at home; don't forget your repeat prescription and check when your GP practice and local pharmacies are open over the holiday.

Visit www.nhsinform.scot/easter for general advice and information on how to stay healthy this spring.

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