Dr Owl is taking to the spring skies to remind people to take a few simple steps to look after their health this Easter and make the most of the holiday weekend.
The four key steps that Be Health-Wise This Easter recommends 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. Also stock plasters, iodine, antiseptic cream and wipes, gauze and tape for treating minor injuries such as small-scale burns, scratches, knocks and cuts.
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. Only order what you need.
Know when your GP surgery will be open
Your local doctor’s surgery will be closed for four days during the Easter weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday (March 25th – March 28th re-opening March 29th). If you need to see a doctor during these times, contact NHS24 on 111.
Minor Injuries Unit – Open 7 Days
The Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Stirling Community Hospital offers treatment to patients across Forth Valley, including those from Clackmannanshire and Falkirk. It is open every day throughout the easter weekend from 9am – 9pm and no appointment is necessary. The MIU is able to treat adults and children over the age of one for a wide range of minor injuries including suspected broken bones, sprains and strains, cuts and scratches, minor burns and infected wounds.
It’s also really important to avoid attending Emergency Department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital with minor, non urgent health problems as this could divert staff time and resources from seriously ill patients who need them most. However, children with minor injuries under the age of one should be taken to the Emergency Department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
Time to get Active!
Spring is the perfect time to dust off the winter cobwebs and get more active. Being more active is one of the best things you can do to improve your health and how you feel. Just 30mins of activity is all you need and you don’t have to go to a gym – walking, cycling, swimming or dancing will all help burn calories and improve your fitness. To find out how easy it could be watch this short video – it will make you think! If you have an under-lying medical condition or haven’t taken any exercise for a long time, we recommend you speak to you GP before starting a new exercise regime.
To find out more about a wide range of activities, sports and events across Forth Valley visit Choose to Lose – Get Active.
For more information on being active and events across Scotland visit Active Scotland – you can also search for activities in your local area.
- For tips and advice on how to be more active visit Take Life On
Living It Up
A place where you will find information on keeping you Happy, Healthy and Safe. Find out how to get involved with your community. Visit the Living It Up website for more information.
Eat Better, Feel better
If you fancy making healthier and cheaper meals for your family, improving your cooking skills, getting some top tips for fussy eaters and loads more besides, you should visit eatbetterfeelbetter.co.uk