As Scotland prepares to host the first ever UCI Cycling World Championships, NHS 24 is promoting information on how to access health and care services for both residents and visitors to Scotland.
From the 3rd to the 13th of August, the UCI Cycling World Championships will feature a variety of events, including road racing, track cycling, BMX, and mountain biking. The biggest cycling event ever staged will take place across Scotland, with the bulk of events taking place in and around Glasgow city centre.
“It’s exciting that Scotland is hosting the first UCI Cycling World Championships” says NHS 24’s Director of Service Delivery, Pauline Howie. “These events will offer both the athletes and spectators a unique opportunity to experience Scotland’s hospitality. Therefore, we want all attendees to know that NHS 24 is here to support them and can provide help to access the right care in the right place should they need medical advice.”
NHS 24 is Scotland’s provider of digital and telephone-based health and care services including,
- 111 – available around the clock. This service provides urgent care triage for anyone who thinks they need A&E, but it is not life or limb threatening, offers support for those in mental health distress, or advice when their GP, pharmacy or dental practice is closed.
- NHSinform.scot – an online health resource which provides access to quality assured health and care information. The website offers access to symptom checkers, Scotland’s Service Directory and mental health advice and resources.
- NHS 24 Online app – free to download to both iOS and Android devices. The app includes a ‘Chat with us’ chatbot for information on common ailments and conditions. It can also direct the user to the nearest health and care services.
Pauline added, “We have put together a dedicated resource on NHS inform to make it quick and simple to find the information you need on services, fast. Whether you need advice on accessing healthcare or medicines, minor ailments or injuries, dentists, or where to find your nearest accident and emergency department, you will be able to find the information you need by visiting NHS inform.
“We hope everyone has a fantastic time while attending the event. We encourage all attendees at the UCI Cycling World Championships to familiarise themselves with these services, so they can quickly get the help and advice they need, should they need it.”
Meanwhile, as Glasgow prepares for the Championships, road closures and changes to public transport timetables may have an impact on how people travel to NHSGGC hospitals.
The event – which runs from Thursday, 3rd August to Sunday 13th August – will mean the closure of some roads in Glasgow during some races.
As a result, public transport providers are amending timetables and services on certain days during the event.
All NHSGGC services are planning to run as normal while the event is taking place but we realise that the road closures and changes to public transport may impact on people attending our sites.
So it’s best to plan ahead and all the latest information is being made information available on the Get Ready Glasgow website.
Most local First Glasgow routes will use the M8 as a diversion while some Stagecoach services in the City Centre will be curtailed at Bridge Street subway station or the Broomielaw.
More information on bus route diversions is available from Traveline Scotland.