Coronavirus Update for SBH Scotland Members
SBH Scotland is committed to keeping our members updated throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. We will use this page as a way to provide links to current advice on the best way to protect yourself and others.
- if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
- if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
For those with immediate concerns the NHS Inform have created a simple guide entitled 'Could I have the Coronavirus?'
Updated information on the Coronavirus from NHS Inform can be found here
IFSBH have published a webpage featuring resources from around the world including the World Health Organisation's document on 'Disability considerations during the Covid-19 outbreak'
Current NHS information suggests that those who are immuno-suppressed or have respiratory conditions and/or those who are 70+ are at higher risk of being affected by the Coronavirus. The latest guidance from a public health perspective is that even for our members with such additional health challenges there is no need to do anything different in terms of prevention, unless you are specifically told to do so. It is of course up to each individual member and their family to decide what is best for them.
If you are a SBH Scotland member and you have a concern about the coronavirus and how it may affect you or someone you care for, we will have a dedicated Coronavirus Information Hub available for video chats between 4pm and 6pm by pressing the button below. Or call our Coronavirus Telephone line on T: 01236 794511, Monday to Friday between 4pm and 6pm.
Coronavirus Survey for SBH Scotland Members - Please fill in our online survey to inform official statistics on the effects of Covid-19 on those affected by spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus in Scotland.
During this time of uncertainty there are basic things you can do to keep as safe as possible.
- Maintain good hand hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser before eating and drinking, after coughing, sneezing and going to the toilet. Watch this short film from the BBC on how to wash hands properly.
- Avoid direct hand contact with your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid direct contact with people that have a respiratory illness and avoid using their personal items such as their mobile phone.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues. Throw the tissue straight into the waste bin after.
People advised to limit social contact (16th March) in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus)
Effective lockdown to be introduced (23rd March) Help fight the virus by staying at home "Essential for the protection of all of us"
Update to Coronavirus Symptoms (18th May) Loss or a change in your normal sense of smell or taste added to list of Coronavirus symptoms.
Due to the latest guidance from Government, SBH Scotland have now postponed all social and support groups taking place either in The Dan Young Building or in any other venue across Scotland. We have also postponed all home visits as well.
We will all still be working, albeit in a slightly different manner. We will automatically be keeping in contact with those we regularly see through visits and groups but if there are any other SBH Scotland members who would like us to regularly give you a call to check in and make sure you're ok please let us know - we'd be delighted to keep in touch. Call us on 03455 211 300 or email us.