Make time for a spring health check

NHS 24
NHS 24

NHS 24 is urging people across the country to take advantage of the extra hour of daylight to look after their health this spring.

The national telehealth and telecare service is reminding people of the huge range of health advice and information available at their fingertips at

The online resource includes an extensive online health library, packed with information about common illnesses, treatments and health services. Users can search alphabetically by health subject, age and gender or by accessing a ‘body map.’

A section dedicated to common health questions includes topics ranging from food and diet and exercise to lifestyle and travel health. There are also specific zones on a variety of subjects including alcohol, mental health and musculoskeletal issues.

NHS 24 Medical Director Professor George Crooks said: “Whilst everyone is being reminded to put their clocks forward tomorrow (Sunday), I would also encourage people to take advantage of this extra hour of daylight to visit

“The clock change marks the onset of spring, which is the ideal time to start thinking about your own health and lifestyle. The NHS Inform website offers an easy and accessible way to get started, whether it is seeking advice and tips on adopting a healthier lifestyle, ways to get more exercise or advice on quitting smoking. NHS Inform is well worth a visit for people looking to kick-start their health this spring.

“The clock change also means that we lose an hour’s sleep. For most of us, this won’t affect our sleep routine, but if you have trouble sleeping or have insomnia, it may cause some anxiety. For more information and helpful advice, visit the insomnia section at”

Visitors can also use the website to email a general information enquiry to NHS 24’s team of health information advisors or search for details of local pharmacies, GP surgeries and dental practices in Scotland.