Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause respiratory illness of varying severity. Currently, there is no vaccine and no specific treatment for infection with the virus.
Coronaviruses do not usually spread if people don’t have symptoms – but we cannot be 100 per cent certain.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of new continuous cough and/or fever/high temperature and a loss or changed sense of normal smell or taste (Anosmia).
Up-to-date advice on self-isolation, social distancing and shielding is available from NHS Inform.
NHS Inform guidance and self-help tool
Scottish Government daily updates
Travel advice and country specific information
UK Government response
Joint statement with Scottish Government in response to recent media reports
Changes to visiting
Advice for adults with congenital heart disease
Day-case Interventional Cardiology Procedures and Coronavirus
Staff specific information and documents can be found here.
If you left the professional register within the last three years as a Registered Nurse, Midwife, paramedic, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer, biomedical scientist or as a medical practitioner you should soon be receiving a letter from your previous professional regulator that explains you have been placed on a temporary register and can now participate in helping with the care of patients during the present emergency.
If you are a practitioner and are fully registered but not currently working in NHS Scotland you can participate too.
You will be paid and will be part of a supervised team.
For more information on how to get involved, visit https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus---returning-to-registered-professional-practice-guidance/