Yesterday I tabled a motion to Parliament commending the staff in our health and social care sector for all that they are doing for us during this very difficult time. We owe you our utmost thanks.
In order to protect the public and halt the spread, we have decided to close the office to the public and staff shall be working from home. We are still able to provide assistance on the phone or on email, and we'll continue to do whatever we can to help those in need.
You can reach us on 0131 285 5972 or [email protected]
All 4 nations of the UK have agreed the following course of action:
IF YOU FEEL UNWELL:
If you have symptoms consistent with COVID19: Fever, shortness of breath and or a persistent cough you AND EVERYONE WHO LIVES WITH YOU must stay at home and self-isolate for 14 DAYS. Only call 111 (NHS 24) or your GP if you are in an at-risk group (older people/other health problems) or if your symptoms worsen dramatically.
After 14 days, if you feel better, no longer have a high temperature and no one else in your home is still sick, you can return to your normal routine. If you have not had any signs of improvement after 7 days of showing symptoms and have not already sought medical advice, you should contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. (the 14 day requirement from the WHO is for those who have been exposed to the virus but are not yet showing symptoms)
The cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean you must continue to self-isolate for more than 14 days.
If a case is suspected it won’t be tested routinely. Testing will be conducted on a surveillance basis to gauge infection levels within communities. They plan to sample test over a million people and that will give hyper-accurate data on infection rates and community spread whilst freeing up health care personnel.
This is an incredibly worrying time for our communities but the reaction I've seen has been nothing short of inspiring. I want to make sure everyone gets the advice and help they need, so I'll post updates here to keep people informed. If you ever have any questions or need any help, please call 0131 285 5972 or email [email protected]