Health Information And Advice For The Festive Season

NHS Forth Valley is gearing up to cope with extra demands over the festive season and is urging the public to make use of local GP, pharmacy and minor injuries services to avoid putting extra pressure on the Emergency Department at this busy time of year.

Additional medical, nursing staff and AHPs will be working in local hospitals and in the community to provide healthcare treatment and support. Doctors, nursing and support staff will also be working to support the GP out-of-hours service. Throughout the winter period, extra contingency beds will be available, if required, at local hospitals.

This year, GP surgeries will be closed on Monday 26th December 2016 and Tuesday 27th December 2016, re-opening on Wednesday 28th December 2016. Over the New Year period they will be closed on Monday 2nd January and Tuesday 3rd January 2017, re-opening on Wednesday 4th January 2017. However, a number of pharmacies in Forth Valley will be open on a rota system during this holiday period to ensure that local people can access medicines and talk to a pharmacist for health advice. Details of the opening times for the festive period (including Christmas and New Year’s Day) can be found on the Winter Zone of the NHS Forth Valley website www.nhsforthvalley.com/winter  Many pharmacists will also be open as normal on Saturday 24th December 2016 and Saturday 31st December 2016.

 The Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Stirling Community Hospital will remain open everyday throughout the festive period from 9am to 9pm.  This provides treatment for a wide range of injuries, such as suspected broken bones, sprains, minor burns and infected wounds. No appointment is necessary and, while the MIU is based in Stirling, it can be used by any patient from across Forth Valley over the age of one.

NHS Forth Valley’s Medical Director Miss Tracey Gillies explained: “Winter is a very busy time for the NHS and it’s important to remember that the Emergency Department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital is for people who have serious illnesses or injuries which require urgent care.

“You can help avoid putting extra strain on hospital and emergency services by making use of the Minor Injuries Unit at Stirling Community Hospital or seeking advice from a local pharmacist if your condition is not urgent. Patients will also be still be able to see a GP if they need to when their surgery is closed by contacting NHS 24 free on 111.”

Local people aged 65 or over and their families can also call ALFY (Advice Line For You) – a local health advice line operated by experienced nurses who are able to listen to callers’ concerns, and make sure they receive the right help and support. This could range from offering general reassurance and advice on a wide range of health issues, to signposting callers to relevant emergency social work, voluntary or local services. Staff are also able to book appointments to attend a rapid access frailty clinic at Forth Valley Royal Hospital for tests or assessments or arrange for a community nurse to visit an older person at home, day or night, if required. The service can be accessed 24hrs, 7 days a week by calling 01324 567247 and is provided in partnership with Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils.

Anyone eligible for a free flu vaccination who hasn’t yet been immunised is urged to contact their local GP to arrange an appointment.  This includes everyone aged 65 and over, people with a chronic illness such as heart disease and asthma, pregnant women and carers. All nursery and primary school aged children are also eligible for a free flu vaccine in the form of a nasal spray.

Notes to Editors

 Festive Pharmacy Opening Times

Sunday 25 December 2016

Lindsay & Gilmour Pharmacy, 81 Main Street, Sauchie 10.00am – 11.00am 01259 723155

Right Medicine Pharmacy, 11 Main Street, Bannockburn 10.00am – 11.00am 01786 813460

Larbert Pharmacy, 94 Main Street, Larbert 10.00am – 11.00am 01324 557596

Boots the Chemist, 32-34 La Porte Precinct, Grangemouth 10.00am – 11.00am 01324 482118

Monday 26 December 2016

Boots the Chemist, 36-40 High Street, Alloa 12noon – 4.00pm 01259 723246

Boots the Chemist, 23 Thistle Centre, Stirling 9.00am – 5.00pm 01786 462271

Lloyds Pharmacy (Sainsbury Store), Drip Road, Stirling 9.00am – 6.00pm 01786 449908

Boots the Chemist, 79-91 High Street, Falkirk 9.00am – 5.30pm 01324 620535

Boots the Chemist, 32-34 La Porte Precinct, Grangemouth 12noon – 4.00pm 01324 482118

Tuesday 27 December 2016

Boots the Chemist, 36-40 High Street, Alloa 10.00am – 5.00pm 01259 723246

Lindsay & Gilmour Pharmacy, 81 Main Street, Sauchie 9.00am – 6.00pm 01259 723155

Lindsay & Gilmour Pharmacy, 5 Firs Entry, Bannockburn 10.00am – 4.00pm 01786 816893 Woodside Pharmacy, 3 The Cross, Doune 9.00am –1.00pm 01786 841216

Boots the Chemist, 23 Thistle Centre, Stirling 8.30am – 6.00pm 01786 462271

Tesco Pharmacy, Wallace Street, Stirling 9.00am – 6.00pm 0131 289 4129

Superdrug Pharmacy, Thistle Centre, Stirling 8.30am – 5.30pm 01786 473548

Lloyds Pharmacy (Sainsbury Store), Drip Road, Stirling 9.00am – 6.00pm 01786 449908

Lindsay & Gilmour Pharmacy, The Toll, Bonnybridge 9.00am – 1.00pm 2.00pm – 6.00pm 01324 812332

Boots the Chemist, 79-91 High Street, Falkirk 9.00am – 5.30pm 01324 620535

Tesco Pharmacy, Central Retail Park, Falkirk 9.00am – 6.00pm 0131 289 2565

Boots the Chemist, 32-34 La Porte Precinct, Grangemouth 9.00am – 6.00pm 01324 482118

Lindsay & Gilmour Pharmacy, 16 Central Ave. Grangemouth 9.00am – 1.00pm 2.00pm – 6.00pm 01324 482079

Sunday 1st January 2017

Boots the Chemist, 36-40 High Street, Alloa 1.00pm – 2.00pm 01259 723246

Cambusbarron Pharmacy, 4 Main Street, Cambusbarron 10.00am – 11.00am 01786 479079

Larbert Pharmacy, 94 Main Street, Larbert 10.00am – 11.00am 01324 557596

Rowlands Pharmacy, 16 Charlotte Dundas Court, Grangemouth 10.00am – 11.00am 01324 484297

Monday 2nd January 2017

Well, 60 High Street, Alloa 1.00pm – 2.00pm 01259 218039

Lindsay & Gilmour Pharmacy, 5 Firs Entry, Bannockburn 9.00am – 12.15pm 01786 816893

Boots the Chemist, 23 Thistle Centre, Stirling 9.00am – 5.00pm 01786 462271

Lloyds Pharmacy (Sainsbury Store), Drip Road, Stirling 9.00am – 6.00pm 01786 449908

Boots the Chemist, 79-91 High Street, Falkirk 9.00am – 5.30pm 01324 620535

Boots the Chemist, 32-34 La Porte Precinct, Grangemouth 12noon – 4.00pm 01324 482118

Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Boots the Chemist, 36-40 High Street, Alloa 12noon – 4.00pm 01259 723246

Lindsay & Gilmour Pharmacy, 81 Main Street, Sauchie 9.00am – 6.00pm 01259 723155

Lindsay & Gilmour Pharmacy, 5 Firs Entry, Bannockburn 8.45am – 6.15pm 01786 816893

  1. Farren, 45 Main Street, Callander 10.00am – 1.00pm 01877 330132

Woodside Pharmacy, 3 The Cross, Doune 9.00am – 6.00pm 01786 841216

Boots the Chemist, 23 Thistle Centre, Stirling 8.30am – 6.00pm 01786 462271

Lindsay & Gilmour Pharmacy, 15 Bannockburn Rd. St. Ninians 10.00am – 4.00pm 01786 472810 Tesco Pharmacy, Wallace Street, Stirling 9.00am – 6.00pm 0131 289 4129

Superdrug Pharmacy, Thistle Centre, Stirling 8.30am – 5.30pm 01786 473548

Lloyds Pharmacy (Sainsbury Store), Drip Road, Stirling 9.00am – 6.00pm 01786 449908

Lindsay & Gilmour Pharmacy, The Toll, Bonnybridge 10.00am – 4.00pm 01324 812332

Boots the Chemist, 79-91 High Street, Falkirk 9.00am – 5.30pm 01324 620535

Tesco Pharmacy, Central Retail Park, Falkirk 9.00am – 6.00pm 0131 289 2565

Boots the Chemist, 32-34 La Porte Precinct, Grangemouth 9.00am – 6.00pm 01324 482118

Lindsay & Gilmour Pharmacy, 16 Central Ave. Grangemouth 9.00am – 1.00pm 2.00pm – 6.00pm 01324 482079