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UK updates on COVID 19

Government and healthcare guidance will change as the coronavirus outbreak evolves.In this section, you'll find links to UK Government and Health Service websites, which are regularly updated. Please check the national guidance for England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales on the drop down menu, as these may differ over time. 


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Web Link: Scotland: Advice and support for people at risk (Scottish Government)

This link will take you to the Scottish Government's webpages and guidance for people shielding due to COVID-19. You'll find information and advice on things like health and wellbeing, financial support, getting prescriptions and essential supplies and accessing healthcare, amongst others.

Web Link: Scotland: Government updates on COVID-19

This link will take you to the lastest updates on COVID-19 from the Scottish Government.

Web Link: Scotland: National Assistance Helpline (Scottish Government)

This link will take you to the Scottish Government's COVID Test and Protect webpages. If you have to self-isolate, but aren't able to get support from family, friends or neighbours, there is a National Assistance Helpline that is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. The current number is 0800 111 4000, but please check the webpage in case this changes.

Web Link: Scotland: NHS COVID research

This link will take you to NHS Research Scotland's webpages on COVID research. Although it's primarily written for researchers and professionals, you can find out more here about the type of research that's being done.This list, however, is not exhaustive as there are many,many other studies in progress.

Web Link: Scotland: Ready Scotland website (Scottish Government)

This link will take you to the Scottish Government's Ready Scotland website. Here, you'll find lots of information, including links to the National Assistance Helpline (if you're not able to get support from family friends or neighbours), support and guidance on mental health, links to voluntary and community groups who might be able to help you, information and advice for parents and carers, for people with physical, learning and communication disabilities, to name but a few.

Web Link: Scotland: Self isolation support grant (Scottish Government)

This link will take you to the Scottish Government's COVID Test and Protect webpages. Here, you'll find information on the Self-isolation Support Grant, including eligibility, and the information you'll need to provide so that you can get it

Web Link: Scotland: Test and Protect app

This link will take you to NHS Scotland's Test and Protect app, which you can download (free) onto your smartphone. Using the app is entirely voluntary. When you use the app, you will be alerted if you have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for coronavirus. If you test positive and you enter the unique code sent to you into the app, it will anonymously warn other app users whom you have been in close contact with.

Web Link: Scotland: visiting hospitals during COVID-19

This link will take you to the current guidance on visiting hospitals in Scotland. Included is guidance on who can visit, what is meant by "designated visitors" and "essential visits", social distancing, handwashing and the use of face coverings. **Please check with your local hospital, as the guidelines may change as the pandemic evolves**

Web Link: Self-help for people with learning disabilities during COVID

This link will take you to a webpage from the Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities. They have produced a set of self-help resources for people with learning/intellectual disabilities during the pandemic. Topics include coronavirus, feeling anxious or down, coping with bereavement, being active, staying well and relaxing. They are designed to support people with mild to moderate learning/intellectual disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak, and can be used with the...

Web Link: Test for COVID-19 (UK link)

This link will take you to the Gov.UK website, and their page on getting a free NHS test for coronavirus or COVID-19.