Ill-health is unwelcome at any time of year but particularly over the holiday season. 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 this Easter.

Know your GP practice and pharmacy details

Over Easter, your GP practice and pharmacy opening hours are likely to be different from normal.

It’s important to know this information so you can make sure you order and collect any repeat prescription 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 pharmacy opening times.
Scotland's Service Directory

Getting medicines

If you do run out of your regular medicine, and your GP practice isn't open, there are ways to get an emergency supply. Use our self-help guide for advice if you're having difficulty getting the medicine you need when your GP practice isn't open.
Access to medicines self-help guide

Check your medicine cabinet

One way to be health-wise this Easter is to 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Remember that medicines go out of date, so don't overstock your medicine cabinet.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 persist (or are severe) seek further advice.

NHS Minor Ailment Service

If you have a minor illness, a pharmacist can provide non-prescription medicines free of charge if you're eligible under the NHS Minor Ailment Service.

Managing common seasonal illnesses

Self-help guide

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

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:

If you would like to talk to our Health Information Team, you can:

  • get in touch through our webchat service
  • call us on 0800 22 44 88 (Textphone users dial 18001 0800 22 44 88)

Our team is available:

  • Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 10.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Be Health-Wise This Easter (

Watch Dr. Owl provide some wise Easter advice.