Be ready for winter campaign

A national health campaign urging people in Grampian to prepare for the winter period has been launched.

A group of children were joined at Glasgow’s Snow Factor by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil and NHS 24’s Director of Nursing and Care, Sheena Wright, to launch the Be Ready for Winter campaign.

The NHSScotland campaign advises people that by re-stocking their medicine cabinet, checking their repeat prescriptions and knowing when their GP surgery is closed, they can ensure they are well prepared for the winter.

Alex Neil said: “This time of year is always very busy, especially for families with young children, and it’s easy to forget things like ordering your repeat prescription.

“Just a few simple steps like finding out what services are open and stocking up your medicine cupboard can help prevent winter coughs and colds from spoiling the holiday season. It will also ensure that emergency lifesaving services are kept free for those who really need them.”

This year, GP surgeries will be closed for two days at Christmas (Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th December) and again for two days at New Year (Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd January).

The national Be Ready for Winter campaign is supported by NHSScotland in partnership with NHS 24, the Scottish Ambulance Service and all 14 Scottish Health Boards.

Roelf Dijkhuizen, Medical Director for NHS Grampian said: “We can all do a little to ensure that we’re prepared for any winter illnesses.

“Having a stock of over the counter remedies at home means we can usually treat colds and coughs ourselves. It’s a case of preparing for the worse but hoping for the best.”

General advice and information on how to stay healthy this winter can be found at or contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.

The four key steps that Be Ready for Winter is recommending everyone take in preparation for their health this winter are: Restock your winter medicine cabinet;

Use your local pharmacy; Make sure you have repeat prescriptions; Know when your GP surgery will be open.