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As well as presents wrapped up under the Christmas tree and the turkey in the oven everyone should also have a copy of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s winter guide or available on online at  www.nhsggc.org.uk/kwttt

The Festive Guide to Your Health Services booklet is distributed across GP surgeries, health centres, clinics, pharmacies, dentists and opticians.

Find out the opening hours of pharmacies throughout the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and advice on how to access a GP when surgeries are closed.

The guide is also available as a booklet in GP surgeries, health centres, clinics, pharmacies, dentists and opticians and provides vital information should you require healthcare over the festive holiday.

Vale of Leven Hospital exteriorThis year, the Health Board,  have also launched a campaign to highlight the benefits of visiting one of their Minor Injuries Units instead of an emergency department.

The guide provides information on our three Minor Injury Units which operate at the New Victoria Hospital, New Stobhill Hospital, and the Vale of Leven Hospital , above, between 9am-9pm throughout the holidays. These are suitable for a range of minor physical injuries for adults and children aged five and over including cuts and grazes, insect bites, minor burns, sprains and strains, limb injuries like a broken ankle, broken wrist etc and foreign bodies in ears or up noses.

Linda de Caestecker, Director of Public Health, said: “Many common ailments, such as colds and flu or stomach upsets, can be treated without going to GPs or local hospitals – pharmacists often provide the appropriate help.

“By having the information in the Festive Guide to hand either online or as a booklet, you will know what services are available during the holidays and how these can be accessed appropriately.

“It outlines where people can access help if someone becomes unwell and can’t wait for the GP surgery to re-open following the Christmas and New Year holidays.”

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