Corona Virus: Information and Resources

Dear all, as we learn more about the virus, information changes regularly. Please keep an eye out for new information:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NHS24

Do not attend your GP, Health centre or Hospital if you are worried.  Stay at Home and phone your GP or out of hours phone NHS 24 on 111.

COVID-19 in Scotland

Corona virus is a type of virus that has been identified in Scotland. It is thought to spread by close contact  with an infected person and coughs and sneezes or by touching a surface that is contaminated with the virus. 

Common symptoms include:

  • A new and continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature

Symptoms can be mild or moderate or a severe and acute and are likely to be worse if you have a weakened immune system, for older people and people with long term conditions like cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease.

If you have symptoms:

If you have a new continuous cough and/or high fever that has started in the last 7 days, however mild, please stay at home and don’t leave your house. You do not need to be tested, please just stay away in the house for 7 days.   If symptoms worsen seek prompt medical attention. Contact NHS 24 or your GP. In an emergency, dial 999 and say you have coronavirus.

You can prevent the virus spreading by:

  • Regular hand washing for 20 seconds
  • Not touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding contact with people with a respiratory illness
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when you sneeze, cough or blow the nose and dispose of the tissue immediately.

If you have symptoms or if you are worried you might have Coronavirus:

  • You must stay at home and phone your GP practice, or NHS 24 (111) out of hours where you will receive help if your GP is closed
  • You must not go to a health centre or surgery or the drive through test service without an appointment. 

General Information helpline on coronavirus:

If you do not have symptoms and are looking for general information, a free helpline has been set up on 0800 028 2816. The helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 10.00pm. Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Follow  NHS on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram too

Please stay safe, take care, keep in touch.

 

Sue

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