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’ve developed symptoms (however mild) of Coronavirus, stay at home for 10 days from the start of your symptoms and arrange to be tested. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital.
You should remain at home until you get the result of the test (do not go for one last shop or pop out for a last bit of fresh air etc), and then follow the advice you will be given based on the result.
Read NHS Inform's stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.
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'
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 Coronavirus please contact our Helpline on 03455 211 300 or email.
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.
Update - 4th January 2021. New announcement from First Minister. From midnight on 4th January it is a legal requirement in mainland Scotland to stay at home except for essential purposes. This is similar to the lockdown of March last year (2020).
SBH Scotland Health and Wellbeing Clinics relaunch in The Dan Young Bulding, Dullatur, with our Clinical Nurse Specialists. If you are an SBH Scotland member and would like an appointment please call 03455 211 811 or email. Please note clinics are available via video conferencing as well as in our support centre, but due to our current guidelines you must have an appointment.
Test and Protect - Download the new free Scottish Government App now to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Update - 23rd September 2020. Scottish Government announce new measures to drive down infection rate.
Update - 30th July 2020. Phase 3 continues but new information available on shielding and schools opening.
Update to Coronavirus Symptoms (18th May) Loss or a change in your normal sense of smell or taste added to list of Coronavirus symptoms.
We at SBH Scotland are still 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.