Health

For the latest Covid-19 health advice from NHS Scotland see nhsinform.scot

The Scottish Government has announced additional support to help people look after their mental health and wellbeing (14th April 2020).

Key workers in Scotland with symptoms can now apply for testing

The UK government has established a new network of Covid testing facilities for key workers. Testing will allow symptomatic key workers and their household members to know whether or not they have the virus. This will in turn keep essential services running.

Access to Covid testing in Scotland has been widened and will now be determined via a prioritisation matrix for key workers that includes a broader range of private sector workers and essential services including those with Essential roles within food supply chain (wholesalers & distributors) and food processing and supermarket workers.

Scottish testing is only currently only being conducted at drive-through sites at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports and at the University of the Highlands and Islands campus in Inverness. A small number of home test kits are also available.

The test is only GUARANTEED for those who are symptomatic. Testing is still targeted at those key workers who are self-isolating because they are symptomatic, or have household members who are symptomatic, to help enable critical workers to return to work as soon as safely possible.

Eligible employers can register with a new website and refer staff for appointments.

Employer portal

A new website has been established to improve the process of booking tests. This website is experiencing high volumes of demand and access is being carefully regulated to ensure the systems can continue to function effectively.

Eligible employers can register and refer staff for appointments or eligible key workers will be able to book a test directly for themselves or members of their household.

After they have entered their details on the portal, individuals will receive a text or email the same day inviting them to either book an appointment, or offering a home self-testing kit.

Those using self-referral can indicate their preference prior to registering details.

The target for sending results is by text within 48 hours. A call centre is available by phone, to help people with the process and deal with test result queries.

Obtain a login for the employer referral portal

To get a login, employers of key workers should email portalservicedesk@dhsc.gov.uk

You must supply two email addresses that will primarily be used to load key worker contact details.

Once employer details have been verified, two login credentials will be issued for the employer referral portal.

Employers should then login to make referrals.

Self-referral portal

Go to the self-referral portal to sign up if you are a key worker and you, or a member of your family, is symptomatic.

Any questions from employers or key workers about accessing testing, the website, or results should be made by emailing: opshub@dhsc.gov.uk

For full details and further information on when to get tested or negative tests and returning to work please CLICK HERE

Public Health

This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

You can only leave your home:

  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

If you are unwell

For people showing symptoms suggestive of coronavirus the UK Government is stressing the importance of seeking help online by using the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

Continue to stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home. If you have coronavirus symptoms and need help, from now on you should dial 111, not your GP. You only need to call 111 if your symptoms worsen and are unmanageable, or do not improve after seven days.