The NHS is Open

Whilst we appreciate all people are doing to help the NHS during this time, it’s vital those with non-coronavirus health concerns still seek help as they would have before the outbreak.

The NHS is here for you, so don’t ignore the warning signs.  You are not being a burden, you are looking after yourself and our NHS by doing so.

If you notice a deterioration in your health or someone in your household, call your GP in normal hours, 111 out of hours, or in an emergency dial 999.

Your community pharmacy and your GP are open, please contact them for advice or with concerns.

If you are concerned about a potential sign or symptom of cancer contact your GP practice to get checked.

If you or your child has an immunisation appointment, make sure you attend, or reschedule if you’re showing symptoms of COVID-19.

If you have a regular appointment for a chronic condition such as asthma or diabetes you should contact your GP and they will advise you. If your hospital appointment has not be cancelled you should still attend.

COVID-19 patients and those displaying symptoms are treated separately.

Patients with Sensory Loss during Covid-19 face extra barriers to accessing healthcare which can put them at extra risk of missing out on the care they need. Information on improving communications as well as organisations who can help and useful websites can be found here.

For further information on Covid-19 visit


  • Don’t delay in getting potential cancer signs and symptoms checked during COVID-19 your GP practice is still here for you.
  • It’s probably nothing serious, but it’s best to get checked, as the earlier cancer is found the easier it is to treat.
  • Information on the common signs and symptoms of cancer can be found at

    NHS screening services for breast, bowel and cervical cancer have been paused during COVID-19 but if you’ve noticed symptoms and are concerned, your GP practice is open and ready to help. Getting checked early is one of the main reasons why more people are surviving cancer.

   For further information visit

Covid-19 and Cancer - Information if you are a patient with cancer or care for someone who has cancer


  • Immunisations for pregnant women and young children are continuing during this time, as they are an important part of helping protect against serious, preventable diseases. 
  • The NHS is still here for you - don’t miss your appointment, or call to rearrange if you or your child are showing signs of COVID-19. 
  • Find information at

Fast deteriorating conditions

  • If you or anyone in your household notices a rapid deterioration in their health, seek help immediately.
  • Don’t ignore the early warning signs of serious conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, severe asthma, or diabetic collapse.
  • The NHS is still here for you.  Call 999 for an emergency or your GP in normal hours and 111 for out of hours support.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan city, China. It can cause a cough and/or a fever/high temperature.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

This is a rapidly changing situation which is being monitored carefully.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater).

A new continuous cough is where you:

  • have a new cough that’s lasted for an hour
  • have had 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours
  • are coughing more than usual

A high temperature is feeling hot to the touch on your chest or back (you don’t need to measure your temperature). You may feel warm, cold or shivery.

Some people will have more serious symptoms, including pneumonia or difficulty breathing, which might require admission to hospital.

People at higher risk of severe illness

Some people are at higher risk of developing severe illness with coronavirus. These people should strictly follow physical distancing measures.

Their household and other contacts should also strictly follow physical distancing advice.

People at extremely high risk of severe illness

Some groups of people are considered to be at extremely high risk of severe illness with coronavirus. These people should should strictly follow shielding measures.

Their household and other contacts should strictly follow physical distancing measures to protect them.

Test and Protect 

Test and Protect is Scotland’s way of putting into practice the 'test, trace, isolate, support' strategy. For more information and for a guide on accessing testing please visit NHS Inform

For more information the following websites have useful information

Scottish Government - Coronavirus in Scotland

NHS Inform - Covid-19

NHS Inform - Scotland's Service Directory

Covid-19 Guidance for Employers

Covid-19 Guidance for Employees

Health Protection Scotland - Coronavirus

NHS 111 Online

Citizens Advice Scotland

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