Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Advice from NHS Inform
Please make sure you stay up to date with all of the latest advice and information by checking NHS Inform
Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice can be found at NHS Inform website.
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.
You should only phone 111 if your symptoms:
- have not improved after 7 days
- are severe or you have shortness of breath
- worsen during home isolation.
You should also phone 111 if you develop breathlessness or it worsens, especially if you:
- are 70 years old or over
- have underlying poor health
- have heart or lung problems
- have a weakened immune system, including cancer
- have diabetes
Common symptoms of coronavirus include:
- high temperature or fever
- shortness of breath
Some tips for staying safe and where to seek help, should you have concerns.
It's good to be prepared and we'd encourage you to follow the advice from NHS Scotland about what to do to protect yourself and others.
It's best to:
- always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze
- bin the tissue
- to kill germs, wash your hands with soap and warm water, or, if handwashing is not available, use a hand sanitiser gel.
There is specific travel advice and areas where people are at risk of getting coronavirus. Please visit NHS Inform - Coronavirus Advice
A toolkit for your workplace, featuring posters, videos, social media graphics and general information, is also available to download at NHS Inform - Coronavirus Advice
Coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline
If you do not have symptoms and are looking for general information, a free helpline has been set up on: 0800 028 2816.
The helpline is open:
- Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 10.00pm
- Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am to 5.00pm
Advice and Information on Coronavirus (COVID 19)
We will provide regular updates to customers based on guidance from health partners.
Chief Executive of West Lothian Council, Graham Hope, said:
"We are working closely with health partners to plan for the challenges which may be faced.
"Whilst both media and social media sources are highlighting possible future implications for services it's important to stress that there are no major changes to council service agreed, as yet. It's important to stress that guidance and advice is changing frequently and we will ensure that regular communication will be issued to keep staff and customers up-to-date when appropriate to do so. We are monitoring developments daily.
"We are following national NHS Inform and Health Protection Scotland advice and are focussed at this stage of ensuring that advice is widely distributed and followed.
"We have taken several practical steps such as increasing the frequency of cleaning within council buildings and ensured that soap and antibacterial gels are widely available. We've ensured that NHS posters are displayed throughout buildings and have communicated key messages with staff and customers."