NHS 24 received 30,000 Christmas calls

NHSNHS 24 staff received 40 calls a minute in peak hours of Christmas. December 27 was the Scottish helpline's busiest day for the past three years, with more than 14,300 calls received.

In total the helpline got nearly 30,000 calls amidst Christmas Day and December 27 as surgeries were shunned down for the Scotland for the festive duration.

NHS Scotland has asked people to be ready for the winter illnesses ahead of surgery closures over Hogmanay.

NHS 24 medical director Dr George Crooks urged the natives to shield themselves by carrying forward health guidelines in the Be Ready For Winter campaign, comprising of medicine cabinets that are piled to fight against seasonal colds and flu-like illness.

He further added: "Monday was the busiest day for NHS 24 since January 2007 and the service has coped extremely well with the demand.

Working in close association with NHS Scotland colleagues, the NHS 24 employees have done a marvelous job in meeting the demand and we would like to extend thanks for the continued efforts to offer a superior-quality service at this very busy time of year.