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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Community Testing for Coronavirus Being Introduced Across Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Friday, February 14, 2020

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has introduced community testing for people who have complained of symptoms associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19)

as part of procedures in place to manage any possible or confirmed cases. 

Staff from our public health team will be attending people’s homes in protective suits to undertake the testing and offering advice to anyone displaying symptoms which include: 

  • high temperature or fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath 

If local residents see our public health team out and about in their area, there is no need to be alarmed as no-one is at risk. 

The areas affected by the virus are: 

  • China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau 

If anyone has visited these areas and has a fever, cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of returning, we ask you phone your GP or NHS 24 on 111 immediately. Don’t go to your GP practice, phone for advice from home. 

If anyone has been to Wuhan City or other parts of Hubei province and don’t have symptoms we ask that they remain at home (self-isolate) for 14 days following their return from Hubei and: 

  • avoid having visitors – it's okay for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food
  • don’t go to work, school or public areas, or use taxis or public transport
  • phone NHS 24 for further advice about what to do and how to look after your health 

Whilst it may be possible to transmit the virus before symptoms are shown, this risk remains low and it isn’t necessary for other household members to remain at home too. 

Dr Emilia Crighton, Deputy Director of Public Health, NHSGGC, said:  “I would encourage anyone who needs advice or information on coronavirus to access the NHS Inform website at https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19. 

The risk of catching this illness in the UK is extremely low and only those returning from at risk areas, or people in contact with someone diagnosed with the illness are at risk. 

“Our staff carrying out the testing will be wearing protective clothing as a precautionary measure and we would appreciate if the public show their support for our staff.” 

ENDS

For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected] 

 

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