Materials related to COVID-19 available on NHS Inform

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 23rd March 2020

NHS Inform provides guidance and advice for COVID-19, available in BSL and easy read formats.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for professionals

People who work in health and care settings should be extra vigilant about any new or developing symptoms.

Healthcare workers who have symptoms of COVID-19

If you’re a healthcare worker and developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild.

Phone your GP if your symptoms:

  • are severe or you have shortness of breath
  • worsen during home isolation
  • have not improved after 7 days

You should also phone your GP if you develop breathlessness or it worsens, especially if you:

  • are 60 years old or over
  • have underlying poor health
  • have heart or lung problems
  • have a weakened immune system, including cancer
  • have diabetes

If your GP is closed, phone NHS 24 (111).

If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Before returning to work

If you’ve had to stay at home you must contact your line manager or occupational health department before returning to work so they can do a risk assessment.

Phone and Near Me video consulting

All GP practices and hospitals in Scotland have been asked to increase their use of remote consultations by phone or video. This will mean most people can receive the NHS care and advice they need from their own home to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Phone will be the first choice, with a step up to:

  • Near Me video consulting where it offers additional clinical benefit
  • face-to-face consultations when needed

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Please note this information is accurate at the date of publication of this ALLIANCE news item, 23 March 2020.

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