Healthy know how

Don't let ill-health spoil Easter

Nobody likes being under the weather, especially at this time of year. Help you and your family stay well with a bit of healthy know how.

To prepare for Easter


  • check you have remedies to treat common illnesses at home
  • check your repeat prescription ahead of Easter
  • order the medicines you need in plenty of time
  • visit NHS inform and use the self-help guides if you want to check your symptoms
  • check when your GP practice and pharmacy are open over the Easter holidays
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Check you have medicines at home

One way to prepare for Easter is to make sure you have some over-the-counter remedies for common illnesses. Your pharmacist can advise you on the best medicines for you and your family.

Good things to have include:

  • paracetamol and ibuprofen for pain relief (check the label or speak to your pharmacist to check it's suitable for you)
  • antihistamines to help allergies
  • anti-diarrhoeals for diarrhoea
  • indigestion remedies like an antacid
  • mild laxatives for constipation
  • a first aid kit which includes plasters, bandages and antiseptic wipes for cuts and scrapes
  • medicines specifically for children (your pharmacist can advise on the most suitable ones to keep in the house)

Remember to always follow the advice on the pack and do not get too much as medicines go out of date.

Further health information

You’ll find more self-care advice and general health information within the following sections on NHS inform:

Find out where to access medicines

Find out where you can get more medication when your medicine supplies have run out.

This self-help guide will help you to decide if you need to contact your GP practice or pharmacy. You can use this guide for information about prescription and non-prescription medication.

Self-help guide

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Download NHS 24 Online app

NHS 24 has recently introduced a new way for people to get help if they're unwell. The new mobile app NHS 24 Online allows users in Scotland to:

  • find their nearest healthcare services
  • assess symptoms for common illnesses
  • get information on where to get further help, if needed

The app includes a virtual chatbot function to answer common queries. It can also provide further advice for a range of illnesses.

The app is free to download and is available for both Apple and Android devices.

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What to do if someone has a fever

A fever is a high temperature. You may feel warm, cold or shivery.

A fever is a temperature over:

  • 37.5C in children
  • 37.8C or above in adults
How to take someone's temperature

One way to check your temperature is to use a digital thermometer. You can buy these from supermarkets and pharmacies.

To use a digital thermometer:

  1. Clean the tip with cold water and soap, then rinse it.
  2. Turn the thermometer on.
  3. Put the tip under your tongue, towards the back of your mouth.
  4. Close your lips around the thermometer and wait until it beeps or flashes.
  5. Check the temperature on the display.

Get vaccinated

The vaccine that'll help protect you from coronavirus this spring is now available. NHS Scotland recommends you get your vaccine as soon as it's offered to you.

Looking after your mental wellbeing

If you're feeling down, there are ways you can help look after your mental health.

NHS inform has many resources with more information on how you can maintain your mental wellbeing.

Check on others

If you have vulnerable neighbours, relatives or know someone with heart and breathing problems, check in with them to make sure they:

  • are feeling well
  • are warm enough at home
  • have enough food and medicines if they're unable to go out in bad weather

If you're concerned that someone isn’t coping, contact your local council or the Age Scotland helpline. It's available on 0800 12 44 222, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Non-urgent advice: Phone 111 if you're worried someone:

  • is unwell
  • may have hypothermia
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Help with heating costs

If you're worried about money, you're not alone. You may be entitled to financial support if you need urgent help covering the cost of food or heating your home.

Cost of living help

The Scottish Government have provided the following information on how you can get support during the cost of living crisis for:

Contact your local council if you need urgent help with money, food or fuel.

Tackling climate change together

If global temperatures continue to rise our planet will change in ways that’ll affect us all significantly. In Scotland, we’re already seeing the impacts. This includes summer heatwaves, flooding and higher than average winter temperatures.

If we don’t take action to reduce emissions there will be more problems. For example, catastrophic flooding, biodiversity loss and life-threatening rainstorms.

Find out what action Scotland is taking and how you can help to tackle climate change.

Campaign resources

We would love your help in supporting NHS 24’s Healthy Know How campaign.

Further information on campaign resources and toolkit