Bloom into good health this spring – top tips from NHS 24

Written by on 12/03/2024

NHS 24 is reminding the public of some simple steps they can take to ensure they remain fit and healthy throughout the Easter holidays and beyond.

Abbie and Phoebe, both aged 9 from Bearsden, assisted with the launch of NHS 24’s annual spring health campaign ‘Healthy Know How’ at Caulders Garden Centre in Mugdock. The campaign highlights the need to be prepared for common illnesses and ailments at home, while also reminding the public to check they have enough prescription medication to last over the Easter weekend.

Abbie and Phoebe holding signs reading "Swing into Spring" and "With a bit of Heathy Know How"

NHS 24’s Medical Director, Dr Ron Cook explains why the Easter holidays increase the number of calls to NHS 24’s 111-service and why it is important that families and individuals prepare for the spring season,

‘Nobody likes being unwell, but it is particularly unwelcome when the Easter holidays are coming up and you might be busy getting prepared for a short getaway or fun days out with the family. The Easter weekend is a busy time for 111 as many health services such as GPs, pharmacies, and dentists may be closed or have amended opening hours because of the public holidays.’

The Healthy Know How campaign page on NHS inform has lots of tips on how to prepare and safely manage minor illnesses and injuries at home.

NHS 24 is also encouraging the public to be familiar with digital tools such as symptoms checkers. These online resources are available for free on both NHS inform and NHS 24 Online app and cover a range of common illnesses and ailments including earache, rashes and vomiting. They give information on how to safely self-manage medical conditions or when and where to look for further medical help if needed. 

Dr Cook continues,

‘I recommend that everyone takes 5 minutes to review NHS 24’s spring health advice.

‘By following our Healthy Know How tips, you will be prepared to quickly deal with any minor illness or mishap should it occur, which will free up more time for you and your loved ones to enjoy your Easter holidays.’

Find out more about NHS 24’s spring Healthy Know How campaign at

Published 12th March 2024

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