If you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you’ve developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.

Detailed information on how to manage your symptoms can be found by visiting www.nhsinform.scot for more guidance on how to manage your symptoms and latest advice.  

You should phone NHS 24 on 111 if:

  • your symptoms worsen during home isolation, especially if you’re in a high or extremely high risk group
  • breathlessness develops or worsens, particularly if you’re in a high or extremely high risk group
  • your symptoms haven’t improved in 7 days

If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms. If you are feeling unwell and your symptoms are not related to COVID-19, remember your GP practice is still open and will arrange to either speak to you over the phone, by video phone or arrange to see you face to face if necessary to assess your situation.

Support for vulnerable and shielded people

The City of Edinburgh Council is co-ordinating support for vulnerable or high risk people. Visit the council’s web page for more information.

NHS Inform has more information about shielding, including answers to commonly asked questions.

Support from the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership

If you feel you need help due to illness, frailty, disability or you have concerns about the safety of an adult at risk of harm, please contact us at Social Care Direct on 0131 200 2324 or email: socialcaredirect@edinburgh.gov.uk

Social Care Direct is open 0830 – 1700 Monday to Thursday, and 0830 – 1555 on Friday.

If you need to contact us in an emergency in the evenings, weekends or public holidays, you can call the out of hours emergency line, free of charge from a landline on 0800 731 6969 or 0131 553 8286

Local service information

The City of Edinburgh Council has a wide range of information including service updates, contacting the council and advice for vulnerable and high risk people,

The NHS Lothian webpage includes wellbeing advice, updates on service provision and information about visiting during the COVID-19 crisis.

Safer communities safer Scotland booklet offering a range of practical advice from scams to staying safe when you’re out and about

Information in different languages and formats

NHS Inform has information about COVID-19 translated into Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Polish, Romanian, Czech/Slovak, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, and British Sign Language (BSL).

They also have COVID-19 information in easy read format.

National guidance

NHS Inform has regularly updated guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice. This is the best resource to use in the first instance.

Health Protection Scotland sets out the national clinical guidance Scotland is following

Ready Scotland is a Scottish Government supported site, offering user-friendly support resources

The World Health Organisation has created a page of frequently asked questions about COVID-19.

The Scottish Government provides daily updates on testing and the number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Scotland. Their page also has advice about benefits and employment rights. You can also look at the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 news feed for regular updates on what is happening at a national level.

Staying safe information leaflet

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