Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has urged East Kilbride residents to Get Ready for Winter by ensuring they stock up medicine cabinets in preparation for winter coughs and colds.

Linda said “By preparing ahead, people can ensure they can make the most of the festive period, and not allow winter coughs and colds to spoil their fun.

“At this time of year we always see a rise in the number of colds and flu-like illnesses.  I would encourage anyone who is eligible to get their flu-jab to help protect them against flu.

“I would strongly advise people to stock up their medicine cupboards with items such as paracetamol, cough mixture, throat lozenges and cold and flu treatments before the bad weather sets in so that if they are struck down by the cold, they do not have to venture out in bad weather for remedies.

“Ensure that any repeat prescriptions are ordered and find out your GP surgery’s opening times over the Christmas and New Year period.

“Remember you can also access out of hours GP services through NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24.”

The Scottish Government, following last year’s extreme winter weather, are encouraging people to be prepared incase we face another spell of severe snow.

Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon said “It is important to remember that access to GPs and pharmacists will be limited over Christmas and New Year. Planning ahead can help ensure that coughs, colds and minor ailments don’t become a big problem for you and your family this winter.

“As well as making sure you have sufficient supplies of any regular medication you may need, your medicine cabinet should be well stocked with things like painkillers, a cough bottle and antiseptic.”

She added: “Last year’s winter was one of the most severe ever seen in Scotland so it is important to be prepared. A little preparation can really pay off to make sure that minor health problems don’t become a major headache.”

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