Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for professionals

People who work in health and care settings should be extra vigilant about any new or developing symptoms.

Healthcare workers who have symptoms of COVID-19

If you’re a healthcare work and 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.

Phone your 111 if your symptoms:

  • are severe or you have shortness of breath
  • worsen during home isolation
  • have not improved after 7 days

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

If your GP is closed, phone NHS 24 (111).

If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Before returning to work

If you’ve had to stay at home you must contact your line manager or occupational health department before returning to work so they can do a risk assessment.

Phone and Near Me video consulting

All GP practices and hospitals in Scotland have been asked to increase their use of remote consultations by phone or video. This will mean most people can receive the NHS care and advice they need from their own home to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Phone will be the first choice, with a step up to:

  • Near Me video consulting where it offers additional clinical benefit
  • face-to-face consultations when needed

More about Near Me video consulting

Coronavirus (COVID-19) communication toolkit

We have developed a toolkit containing a poster, video and social media posts for organisations to print and share.

Download the coronavirus (COVID-19) communication toolkit (ZIP, 20 MB)

Download translated versions of our COVID-19 posters (ZIP, 27MB)

Dowload translated versions of our coronavirius (COVID-19) guidance leafets (3 languages) (ZIP, 1MB)

Download child immunisation social media advice graphics (ZIP, 1.3MB)

Download the coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing posters (ZIP, 11.2MB)

Download coronavirus (COVID-19) isolation timeline infographics (ZIP, 1.4MB)

Download coronavirus (COVID-19) physical activity infographics (ZIP, 1MB)

Letter from Chief Medical Officer: continuation of immunisation programme (PDF, 128Kb)

For the latest video content please visit the Scottish Government YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels.

Further information

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