Appeal to help relieve strain on local health services

NHS Tayside is appealing to the public for its help in relieving strain on local services.
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Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a large increase in levels of flu, Covid and other viruses circulating which has led to lots of people contacting their GPs, the out-of-hours service or needing hospital care.

The health authority has said that the whole system of health and social care is under intense pressure, but there are some simple ways that the public can help to ensure that staff can continue to deliver care and treatment to everyone who needs it.

Dr Andy Reddick, Emergency Medicine consultant and Clinical Service Director for Winter, said: “If you're otherwise fit and healthy, there's usually no need to see a doctor if you have flu-like symptoms so please only use urgent care services such as A&E, GPs or out-of-hours if you really need to.

“Most common winter illnesses can be managed easily at home. Make sure you get lots of rest, keep warm, drink plenty of water and take paracetamol or ibuprofen for a temperature and aches and pains. You should stay off work or school until you're feeling better and if you do have to go out in public, please consider wearing a face mask to avoid spreading germs to others.

“Visit or download the NHS 24 Online app for advice and self-help guides, or speak to your community pharmacist.”

Further advice can be found on the NHS Tayside website.

Dr Reddick added: “If you are eligible, and haven’t already had your winter flu and COVID vaccines, there’s still time to get protected. Find details of our drop-in clinics at or book an appointment at

“If you are coming to our hospitals for an appointment or to visit a relative or friend, please wear a fluid resistant face mask and ensure it covers your mouth and your nose. Keep your mask on at all times, even at a patient’s bedside.

“If you are unwell yourself please do not visit people in hospitals and other health and care settings, and if you are unable to attend your appointment due to illness, please call the number on your appointment letter to let us know.

“Finally, if you are using any of our services, please be kind to our staff – we are all doing our best to help you.”

NHS Tayside has a one-stop-shop for information about how to stay safe and healthy this winter at This includes details of where to get the right care at the right place and ways to ensure you and your family can be as prepared as possible.

As always the latest guidance is shared on NHS Tayside’s social media channels. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date.

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