COVID-19 Information

This page is to provide all staff with information on national and board level arrangements in respect of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

As the situation continues to develop, the information published here will be updated to reflect the developments and advice to be followed. 

In addition you should refer to NHS Inform where you will find advice and guidance including preventative measures you can take, symptoms to look out for and points to consider if you need to self isolate. 

Latest advice from Scottish Government

 - National Guidance document for NHS Scotland staff and Managers on Coronavirus

 - DL(2020)6 dated 3rd April 2020 - Pay and Conditions for Staff Returning to Work to Assist in COVID-19 response

 - DL(2020)5 dated 13th March 2020 - Interim National Arrangements for NHS Scotland Staff

 - Coronavirus Speech by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport dated 10th March 2020

 - DL(2020)1 dated 31st January 2020 - Guidance for Staff Screening during Healthcare Associated Infection Incidents and Outbreaks

 

Expansion of COVID-19 testing for key workers in Scotland - 29th April 2020 

A new network of COVID-19 testing facilities has been established for key workers (read about the scheme expansion on the Scottish Government website here). This programme runs alongside the existing programme for testing of critical workers in health and social care.

 

What does this mean for me as a member of staff?

This new network means that a much broader range of staff and their families in the public sector – including independent contractors – can access testing.

Testing is still targeted at those key workers who are self isolating because they are symptomatic or have household members who are symptomatic. This will help to ensure key workers can return to work as soon as safely possible. The test is only guaranteed to be accurate if you have symptoms – for more information on symptoms visit NHS Inform.

To access a test, please complete the online form. This will give you access to testing in a board close to where you live and work. It will also give you the option of accessing a number of UK drive-thru testing sites at Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports and the University of the Highlands and Islands campus in Inverness (results from testing at these sites will be provided to you by text so you should contact your line manager to discuss your results).

 

What action should I take if I am tested?

You can return to work if you and everyone in your household has received a negative result, and if you are well enough and have not had a fever for 48 hours.

Please contact your manager to discuss your return to work if you are not working from home.

 

If you have any questions about testing, please contact Mairi Gaffney, our Head of Healthy

Working Lives at Mairigaffney@nhs.net