Get Ready for Winter
Staff in our GP surgeries, clinics, pharmacies and hospitals are gearing up for winter – one of the busiest times of the year for the NHS. On these pages we offer information and advice on how to look after yourself and your family, including beating the ‘flu’, the importance of hand hygiene and stopping the spread of norovirus. There is also information about the 'Be Health-Wise This Winter' campaign, fronted by Dr Owl.
Out of Hours & Pharmacy Care
If you need medical advice out of hours (when your GP practice is closed), we are here to help. And across Lothian, our network of community pharmacists is ready to provide you with medicines, information and health advice.
Right Care, Right Time,
Right Place
Day or night, if you need healthcare treatment or advice, our Right Care, Right Time, Right Place leaflet describes what service to turn to and when.
Minor Injuries and Emergencies
Winter conditions increase the risk of injuries from slips and falls. The Minor Injuries Clinic at the Western General Hospital treats a wide range of injuries, including sprains and simple fractures. From minor injuries to hospital and dental emergency services, we are here to help.
Ready Scotland
As we head into winter, it’s good to be prepared for emergencies that can happen at any time, such as severe weather, floods and loss of power. The Scottish Government has a Ready Scotland website that provides a wealth of information about preparing for and dealing with emergencies.

Last Reviewed: 16/11/2016