Thinking of others can be the difference

Think of others at this festive time
Think of others at this festive time

Spending time with a neighbour or friend could be one of the best things you do this Christmas.

It’s a trying time for the elderly, those with mental health problems or people finding things a bit difficult.

Now doctors are telling us it’s the season to be responsible and thoughtful to ensure a healthy Christmas all round.

Dr Duncan Lamont, a GP at Bonnybank Medical Centre in Bonnybridge, stressed it was important people took some to look out for elderly people alone at Christmas.

He added: “It’s a difficult time if you don’t have someone around and can get people down. Many elderly people also take a lot of medication, and that can leave them feeling low. The chance of a chat can make a big difference

“If you know someone who’s going to be alone, pop in and see them over Christmas and New Year. Something as simple as that can have a health-giving effect.”

Dr Lamont added that while it was important people were aware help and support was available they should take sensible precautions.

He said: “The most important thing is that, over the festive period, there will be someone there if you need them. Doctor surgeries may be closed for two days each week, but they are open either side of those days. There’s also NHS 24, and the out-of-hours services which will all have additional staff in place.

“But it’s important to be prepared. We don’t have snow at the moment, but people shouldn’t rely on being able to nip out to their nearest pharmacy to pick up something they need.

“People should stock up on the normal things like paracetamol, Calpol, Ibuprofen and other remedies.”