New Year GP surgery closures reminder

The NHS has issued a reminder that the GP surgery at Rothesay Health Centre, along with others across Scotland, will be closed for two days at New Year.

Health centres and pharmacies re-opened on December 27 after the Christmas break, but will be closed again on the weekend of December 29 and 30 - and after opening on December 31, will be shut once more on January 1 and 2.

NHS 24’s medical director, Professor George Crooks, said: “While NHS Scotland staff have been very busy over the Christmas period, it is important that people remember there is another period of GP practices’ closures over Hogmanay.

“It’s important that people know the opening times of their local pharmacy too and make use of the next couple of days to re-stock with simple home remedies to ensure they can look after themselves and their family if needed.”

Dr John Gillies, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland, said: “Cold and flu bugs are most prevalent between January and March.

“Be prepared by stocking your medicine cabinet with suitable over the counter remedies. If you are in a vulnerable group make sure you have requested a flu vaccine from your practice.

“Remember that your local general practice will not be closed for very long, but if you do need out of hours advice you can look at NHS Inform online or contact NHS 24.”