Public holidays

Ill-health is unwelcome at any time of year but particularly during holidays. We know it’s easy for health to drop off your to-do list when you’re really busy, so we’ve put together this short guide to help you stay well.

Know your GP practice and pharmacy details

On public holidays, your GP practice and pharmacy opening hours are likely to be different from normal.

It’s important to know this information so you can you order and collect any repeat prescriptions you may need in plenty of time.

Check your GP practice details and pharmacy opening times

Use Scotland’s Service Directory to find out your GP practice details and local pharmacy opening times.

Accessing medicines

If you do run out of your regular medicine, and your GP practice is closed, there are ways to get an emergency supply. 

Accessing medicines

Use our self-help guide for advice if you’re having difficulty getting the medicine you need when your GP practice is closed.

Check your medicine cabinet

Make sure you have some over-the-counter remedies for common seasonal illnesses in your medicine cabinet.

Things to have in your medicine cabinet include:

  • paracetamol and ibuprofen for pain relief (check the label or speak to your pharmacist to check it’s suitable for you)
  • anti-histamines to help allergies
  • anti-diarrhoeals and oral rehydration sachets for diarrhoea
  • indigestion remedies such as an antacid
  • mild laxative for constipation
  • a first aid kit
  • medicines specifically for children (your pharmacist can advise on the most suitable ones to keep in the house)

Remember that medicines go out of date, so don’t overstock your medicine cabinet. Always follow the advice on the pack, and if your symptoms continue (or are severe) get further advice.

NHS Pharmacy First

If you have a minor illness, a pharmacist can provide non-prescription medicines free of charge under the Pharmacy First Service.

Managing common seasonal illnesses

Self-help guide

Use our self-help guide to manage common seasonal illnesses such as hay fever, flu, sore throat and many more.

Health information

If you’re looking for general health information then you’ll find what you are looking for within these sections of NHS inform:

Last updated:
17 November 2023