NHS braced for winter

The health board's plan mean it is braced for winter's worst
The health board's plan mean it is braced for winter's worst

Nearly half of Lanarkshire’s GP practices will open for additional hours on the Mondays following Christmas and New Year, December 28 and January 4.

That’s just one of the measures put in place by NHS Lanarkshire to deliver care throughout the challenging winter months. And the health board wants residents to get ready too.

Dr Chris Mackintosh, medical director, South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Knowing when your GP surgery and pharmacy are open is important, as well as ensuring you have supplies of any regular medication.

“It also means that you should get your flu vaccine if you are in the right age group or have particular health needs.”

Patients who require an urgent appointment and cannot wait until their GP practice is open should call NHS 24 on 111.

But new approaches to telehealth mean respiratory and cardiovascular health staff can save patients from braving the winter conditions to get to hospital by linking up using text messages.

Contingency plans are in place in case of bad weather so patients who must attend hospital services, such as those with renal disease, can get the treatment they need, thanks to close working with Scottish Ambulance Service and the roads departments of North and South Lanarkshire Councils. Patients should contact the hospital directly.

For more details visit: www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/HealthyLiving/Winter.