DOCTORS surgeries all over East Dunbartonshire will face intermittent closures over the holiday season.
The majority of practices shut at close of business on Friday, 23 December and will not reopen until Wednesday, December 28.
Likewise, surgeries will close again on December 31 before reopening on Wednesday, January 4.
The extended close periods means vulnerable people should ensure their medicine cabinet is well stocked to cope with any winter ailments that may arise.
Those due to receive repeat prescriptions should also make arrangements to obtain their supply in good time.
Dr George Crooks, medical director of NHS 24, said: “There will be two four-day closures this year, so it is essential that everyone is prepared and knows exactly when their local services are available and how to access them.
“If you are unlucky enough to get a cough, a cold or the flu, then buying over-the-counter medicine, staying at home and keeping warm will make you feel much better.
“Of course, if your symptoms worsen you should seek a routine doctor’s appointment or contact NHS 24.”
Additional winter health information can be found online at www.nhsinform.co.uk or by calling 0800 22 44 88.
The number for NHS 24 is 08454 24 24 24.