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COVID-19: Service Updates and Resources


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Covid Infections on the Rise in Scotland.

You can help to keep yourself and your community safe by getting vaccinated.

The Scottish Refugee Council have been working with Public Health Scotland to provide accurate and accessible information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Together, they have created animated videos in a number of languages to help raise awareness about vaccination in refugee and migrant communities.

If you have concerns about getting vaccinated, watch the films at Scottish Refugee Council How to Get Vaccinated for clear and easy to understand facts about vaccination and how it benefits you and your community.

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VAC4COVID Study

By taking part in the VAC4COVID Study you can help us understand how people do after vaccination and support public confidence in COVID19 vaccines.

Please register to take part in VAC4COVID before vaccination, if you can. You can still register after vaccination.

VAC4COVID will contact you monthly (and weekly for 4 weeks after you have any COVID19 vaccines) to ask about your health. The study will not provide your COVID19 vaccination. Vaccines will be provided by usual health providers.

To register, for more information or to contact VAC4COVID, please visit: www.vac4covid.com

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Your community health care services

If you are wondering how health services are different as a result of coronavirus or which service is right for you, we are here to help.

See Changes to NHS services due to coronavirus for further information.

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Face Masks

If you have been asked to attend for an appointment, can you please ensure you are wearing a facemask or covering.

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Covid-19 Vaccine Trials

To promote vaccine trials within Tayside, there needs to be enough local people registered to do so on the national registry. Should you be interested in more information or becoming a volunteer for the study, please see  Covid-19 Vaccine Trials sign up for more information.

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Epilepsy Scotland Check-In Service

If you are struggling due to the continued restrictions caused by coronavirus, we are here to help.

Register for our check-in service to receive a regular call from us to ask questions relating to your epilepsy and talk confidentially about any concerns arising.

To register call 0808 800 2200 or email contact@remove-this.epilepsyscotland.org.uk.

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Salt Water Gargling

ELVIS COVID-19. Using salt water to wash out nasal passages and gargling to reduce Covid symptoms (University of Edinburgh study).

If you have developed symptoms of COVID-19 including a continuous cough or high temperature or loss of sense of smell or taste within the past 48 hours, the study team would appreciate your help in this study. They will gather information of your symptoms throughout your illness and use this to see if nasal washout and gargling with salt water helps.

For more information, and to get involved, please see ELVIS COVID-19 Study

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People who develop symptoms of coronavirus

When to self Isolate

The medical advice is clear: you must self isolate if you have coronavirus symptoms or live in the same household as somebody who does. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • high temperature, this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough, this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

For more information see Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people even if you've had a positive test result for COVID-19 before.

How to order a test

Free testing for COVID-19 from the NHS has ended.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you are no longer required to do a rapid lateral flow or PCR test.

If you still want to get tested you must pay for a COVID-19 test yourself.

You can buy a COVID-19 test from some pharmacies and retailers, in person or online.

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Psychological Resources for Covid-19

Download our Psychological Resources Guide for Covid-19