See your Pharmacist First

NHS Pharmacy First Scotland will allow community pharmacies to give people expert help for treating conditions such as sore throats, earache and cold sores, along with common clinical conditions such as urinary tract infections (UTI’s).

Organ and Tissue Donation—Don’t Leave Your Loved Ones In Doubt

If you’ve made your organ and tissue donation decision, tell your family and friends.

Because if your loved ones know your decision, it’ll make it easier for them to ensure it is honoured.

A new campaign is underway to highlight the choices people have under Scotland’s opt out system of organ and tissue donation, to encourage more people to record their decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register and tell their loved ones too.

Everyone aged 16 or over has a choice – to be an organ and tissue donor, or to opt out.

If you choose to do nothing, then it will be assumed you agree to donate certain organs and tissue for transplantation, unless you are in a group for whom the opt out system doesn’t apply, or if donation would be against your views.

Only 1% of people will die in a way that makes organ donation possible, which is usually in a hospital intensive care unit. There may also be opportunities to donate tissue such as heart valves, tendons and corneas, from within a hospital setting. If you’ve made your decision, make it known.

Don’t Leave Your Loved Ones in Doubt.

You can register your donation decision and find out more at or call 0300 123 23 23.

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Support for Unpaid Carers

Am I a Carer?

A carer is anyone who looks after a friend, family member or neighbour due to old age, physical or mental illness, disability, or an addiction (this does not include paid care workers or those who are volunteering).

The number of unpaid carers in Scotland is not known but it was estimated that there were around 700,000 to 800,000 before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Research from Carers UK suggests that number might now be over a million.

‘Looking after’ can mean helping with things like shopping, domestic tasks, emotional assistance and personal care – all of which are much more difficult during coronavirus.

If this sounds like you, you may be a carer. Please let the GP Surgery know if you are a carer.

When you’re caring for someone, it can feel like there’s no time for you.

But your health and wellbeing are just as important as anyone else’s. And support is available for you.

After all, you can only look after someone else if you look after yourself too.

If this sounds like you, contact Care Information Scotland online or phone 0800 011 3200 to find out about support available. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm.

More information is available on NHS Inform.

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