People living across the Western Isles are being encouraged to put a "spring" in their step this Easter by preparing ahead for the holiday period.
The NHSScotland Be Ready for Easter campaign, which was launched today (Monday March 11th), is advising people to take a few simple steps to look after their health.
By making sure they have a supply of over the counter medicines , knowing when their GP surgery is open and checking their repeat prescriptions, they can ensure they make the most of the Easter holiday weekend.
This year many GP surgeries across Scotland will be closed for four days from Good Friday (March 29th) to Easter Monday (April 1st).
NHS 24 Medical Director Professor George Crooks said: "After winter, Easter is the busiest time of year for Scotland's health services. The Be Ready for Easter 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 if illness strikes. It is also important to plan ahead for any required repeat 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."
NHS Western Isles Medical Director, Dr James Ward, said "Although many GP surgeries will be closed at Easter a number of GPs will be working throughout this period supporting out of hours services. Taking a few simple steps to be ready for the break means illness need not spoil the Easter break."
The four key steps that Be Ready for Easter recommends this Spring are:
Restock your medicine cabinet if needed
Common ailments such as colds can often be effectively treated at home with readily available medicine such as pain relief, cough mixture and cold remedies. Parents are reminded to restock their medicine cabinet with child-friendly remedies.
Use your local pharmacy
Your pharmacist can offer advice or help if you need over-the-counter remedies or have run out of any prescribed medication. You can also pick up plasters and antiseptic creams to prepare for any minor accidents.
Make sure you have enough repeat prescription.
If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you have enough medicine to last over the holiday period.
Know when your GP surgery will be open
Your local doctor's surgery may be closed for four days during the Easter weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday (March 29th – April 1st).
General advice and information on how to stay healthy this Easter can be found at www.nhsinform.co.uk or contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.