RESIDENTS of Clydebank are being reminded to make the most of the Easter weekend by looking after their health.

NHS Scotland’s campaign “Be Health-wise this Easter” advises people on how to stay well over the spring holiday, and a West Dunbartonshire schoolgirl has a starring role.

Aiva Docherty, age seven, appears in a spring photo shoot featuring advice from the wise Dr Owl and his forest friends.

And the pupil’s mum, Nicola, is a NHS call handler at the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank.

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The campaign, run by NHS 24, reminds residents that local GP surgeries may be closed on Good Friday, April 19, and Easter Monday, April 22.

Residents are being advised to be prepared for common illnesses with over-the-counter medicines, make sure they have enough repeat prescription, and know their GP surgery and local pharmacy opening times.

However, if you, or a family member, falls ill and you can’t wait until your GP surgery reopens, call NHS 24 on 111.

Dr Laura Ryan, NHS 24’s medical director, said: “We were delighted to welcome Aiva along to our photo shoot, which is helping to share the message that planning ahead can help ensure that common ailments such as colds and flu don’t become a big problem over Easter.

“Common illnesses can often be treated at home with over-the-counter medicines such as pain relief, antihistamines and indigestion remedies.”