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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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

Test and Protect

These pages provide an update on the Scottish COVID-19 Contact Tracing Programme Phase 1 roll-out, which is a core component of the Scottish Government’s Test, Trace, Isolate and Support Strategy for Scotland (TTIS) – now known publicly in Scotland as Test and Protect.

Scottish Government Test and Protect information leaflet, step by step guide and infographic.

This information is also available in Arabic, Farsi, Gaelic, Hindi, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovakian, Traditional Chinese and Urdu. Other formats available are Easy Read, Large Print, BSL and Audio Only.

Visit the Scottish Government Test and Protect page to access all resources.

See also 'Advice for Cases and Contacts' and 'Isolation Advice' for more information.

‘Test, trace, isolate, support’ (TTIS) is a public health measure designed to help us interrupt chains of transmissio...

‘Test, trace, isolate, support’ (TTIS) is a public health measure designed to help us interrupt chains of transmission of COVID-19 in the community.  In Scotland, TTIS will now be known as “Test and Protect”.

It involves identifying cases, tracing the people who may have become infected by spending time in close contact with them, and then supporting those close contacts to self-isolate.   This means if they have the disease they are less likely to transmit it to others. 

More information can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Contact tracing is a process of identifying people who have had enough contact with a case so that they are themselve...

Contact tracing is a process of identifying people who have had enough contact with a case so that they are themselves at risk of infection. These ‘contacts’ can then be given advice to reduce spread to other people as much as possible.

Contact tracing is one part of Test and Protect and is a well-established public health intervention. Health protection teams have a lot of experience and expertise in delivering contact tracing for a range of infectious diseases.

 Public Health Scotland, in collaboration with local health protection teams, is leading the contact tracing strand of the Test and Protect Programme.

Public information about contact tracing is available on NHS inform.

COVID-19 contact tracing will initially focus on individuals who have had symptoms and a positive test result. These ...

COVID-19 contact tracing will initially focus on individuals who have had symptoms and a positive test result. These confirmed cases will be contacted and advised to isolate. 

Contact tracers will interview confirmed positive cases and identify those who have had the following exposure to the...

Contact tracers will interview confirmed positive cases and identify those who have had the following exposure to the index case in the period from 48 hours prior to symptom onset to seven days from symptom onset:

  • household contacts
  • anyone who has been in face to face contact with the case for any length of time
  • anyone who has not had face to face contact but who has been within two metres of the index case for 15 minutes or more.

COVID-19 contact tracing was being used in Scotland until 12th March 2020. It is being re-instated on a phased basis ...

COVID-19 contact tracing was being used in Scotland until 12th March 2020. It is being re-instated on a phased basis from week commencing 18th May 2020, led by local health protection teams. All health boards are expected to be participating by the end of May.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will be re-instating COVID-19 contact tracing from 28th May 2020.

Health protection teams are notified of positive test results for COVID-19. People with a positive test will receive ...

Health protection teams are notified of positive test results for COVID-19. People with a positive test will receive a phone call, e-mail or text from a contact tracer, working with the local health protection team. They will ask a series of questions to gain information such as who the case lives with, which people the case has been near recently and where the case has been. They will then make an assessment to decide which people should be classified as ‘contacts’. This assessment is based on 

How much time the case spent with them and how physically close they were to the case. 

Contact tracers, from health protection teams, will then get in touch with those people classified as ‘contacts’ by phone, e-mail or text to inform them and give them advice. They will not be told the identity of the person with COVID-19 who they had contact with. 

Advice for households with a suspected COVID-19 infection is available here: NHS inform. 

General COVID-19 guidance for the public is available here: NHS inform.

It is good practice for GPs to be notified if one of their patients has tested positive for COVID-19. Guidance and pr...

It is good practice for GPs to be notified if one of their patients has tested positive for COVID-19. Guidance and protocols for accessing COVID-19 testing, caring for a person with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection and minimising the risk of transmission through social distancing and hygiene have not changed. Primary care has put in place many mitigating strategies to reduce unnecessary face to face contact with patients including telephone triage, the use of telephone and video consultations and a new model of care through local hubs and Community COVID-19 Assessment Centres. In addition, primary care should be applying physical distancing advice in the workplace, excellent hand hygiene and the appropriate use of PPE. 

The latest guidance, which is updated regularly, for Primary Care can be found on the HPS website.

All healthcare settings have put in place many mitigating strategies to reduce unnecessary face to face contact with ...

All healthcare settings have put in place many mitigating strategies to reduce unnecessary face to face contact with patients.  In addition, all settings should be applying physical distancing advice in the workplace, excellent hand hygiene and the appropriate use of PPE. 

COVID-19 guidance for infection prevention and control in healthcare settings (including specific guidance for different settings) is available and regularly updated on the HPS website.  


The most up-to-date guidance for the general public is available on NHS inform

As the Scottish approach to COVID-19 Contact Tracing is developed further, Public Health Scotland and territorial hea...

As the Scottish approach to COVID-19 Contact Tracing is developed further, Public Health Scotland and territorial health boards will work with wider partners within the Test and Protect programme to keep key stakeholders informed and engaged.