To help keep you informed during the outbreak of COVID-19, on these pages you’ll find information and advice from the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and other official bodies about COVID-19. We’re also sharing inspirational stories alongside the latest updates from the Scottish Government, NHS and the City of Edinburgh Council in our regular blog and on Twitter. Follow @EdinburghHSCP on Twitter to stay abreast of the latest news.

How we’re continuing to support those most in need

Our workforce, and our partners, are well equipped to deal with challenging decisions every day but planning for, and responding to COVID-19, has made this even harder at times. To continue to support those most in need during the pandemic, we’ve made some changes to the way we work.

We are directing resources to the most frail and vulnerable – those people whose health and lives are at greatest risk if they do not receive support.

We are assessing where there are viable family or community support networks to support relatives and neighbours. We are asking families and communities to appreciate the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in and do whatever they can to supplement care, if it is safe to do so.

GP practices have moved to telephone triage/consultation. If you need to speak to your GP, please phone your surgery. Your community pharmacy can also help with prescriptions and give advice on some health conditions.

In care homes, we’re carefully following national guidance – as laid out by Health Protection Scotland – and have robust processes and procedures in place to limit the spread of the virus and to protect our residents and staff.

Reflections from the Chief Officer

In these unprecedented times our Chief Officer, Judith Proctor shares her thoughts in this short video below.

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