It has been announced by the UK/Scottish Government that as of 16 March anyone developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild, should stay at home for 7 days from the onset of symptoms as per existing advice. In addition, it is now recommended that anyone living in the same household as a symptomatic person should self-isolate for 14 days.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough
- fever/high temperature (37.8C of greater)
- loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia)
A new continuous cough is where you:
- have a new cough that’s lasted for an hour
- have had 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours
- are coughing more than usual
Information for the public on COVID-19, including stay at home advice for people who are self-isolating, can be found on NHS Inform.
Further, people are advised to take social distancing measures to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. In particular, this is strongly advised for people aged 70 or over, people with underlying medical conditions and pregnant women. Click here for Coronavirus: General Advice – NHS Inform
You should phone 111 if:
- your symptoms worsen during home isolation, especially if you’re in a high or extremely high risk group
- breathlessness develops or worsens, particularly if you’re in a high or extremely high risk group
- your symptoms haven’t improved in 7 days
If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.
Coronavirus help-line 0800 028 2816.
Test and Protect
Test and Protect is Scotland’s approach to preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.
Testing – Anyone in Scotland aged 5 or over, who is self-isolating because they are showing symptoms can be tested. For more information please press here.
Chief Medical Officer letter to High Risk Patients 26th March:
Renfrewshire shielding support line – 0300 300 0230 (this is to arrange deliveries of food and medicines if needed as well as signposting to other support services)
COVID-19 Community Assessment Centre – Linwood – Video – Press Here
Patients who have contacted 111 to discuss their symptoms related to possible COVID-19 and are assessed as requiring a face to face assessment will be asked to attend the local Community Assessment Centre. Please press on the link above which will show you a short video to explain the process.
- NHS Inform
- Health Protection Scotland
- Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership
- Ready Scotland – Preparing and dealing with emergencies
- Citizens Advice Scotland
- Self isolation guidance here
- Frequently asked question click here
- Domestic abuse support
- Helpline 0800 027 1234
Mental Health resources
- Clear your head – Scottish Government & NHS Scotland resource
- Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak click here
- Scottish Association for Mental Health
- Samaritans – If you’re worried about your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
- MindShift CBT App – Free evidence-based mental health relief
- Phone numbers:
- Samaritans – 116 123
- Breathing Space Scotland – 0800 83 85 87
- First Crisis (Renfrewshire Residents) – 0800 221 8929
- NHSGGC support line (for NHS staff) – 0141 303 8968
Information for living with certain medical conditions during Coronavirus Pandemic
- Coronavirus and Disability Information Scotland
- Asthma UK
- British Lung Foundation – Advice for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and other lung conditions
- Information for patients with Diabetes
- Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS – Diabetes and COVID-19 update 26/03/20
- Heart Failure Hub Scotland – COVID-19
- Heart Failure Patient Information – During COVID-19 Outbreak
Resources for Young families and children
- Letter to Families and Young People from The Consulting Rooms
- Young Scot – Advice and support for young people aged 11 – 26
- Parent Club Scotland – Advice and support for parents
- Let’s Talk about Coronavirus: A Practical Toolkit for You and Your Family
- Talking to children about Coronavirus
- Supporting Neurodiverse Children in Challenging Times Such as During Self-isolation – YouTube Video
- Parents – link to booklet ‘When Should I Worry? – Your guide to Coughs, Colds, Earache and Sore Throats’
Resources for older adults
- Age Scotland – Advice and support service aimed for over 50 year olds
- Renfrewshire Health & Social Care Partnership – Adults and Older People Services
Pregnancy and the Coronavirus
Chronic or acute pain
During periods of stress and uncertainty symptoms of pain can often be exacerbated. Please look at these useful resources which can help you manage your pain symptoms.
- Pain Management website run by West of Scotland Chronic Pain Education Group
- Pain Association Scotland
- Pain Concern
Employment issues & Isolation notes
Please note, as per National guidance, the practice will not be issuing letters or medical lines for patients with medical conditions deemed to be in vulnerable groups (any letters that are requested will be subject to a fee as they are non-NHS work). More information can be found in the links below:
- Guidance for employees, employers and businesses – including current Government guidance on requirement for medical lines
- Who’s at higher risk from Coronavirus – information from NHS UK. Includes advice for people at moderate risk who require to work.
- ACAS advice for employers and employees including vulnerable groups
- Get an isolation note – link here
- Business Gateway – Business support advice
- Skills Development Scotland
Being Active and Exercising during COVID-19
- WHO guidance and advice on exercise during COVID-19
- Health Benefits of exercise – 23 & 1/2 hours YouTube video
Online booking of appointments will temporarily be suspended.
If you have respiratory or flu-like symptoms please refer to NHS Inform. If you feel you are not able to self-manage please contact the surgery, by phone, for further advice.
Non-urgent clinical appointments will be temporarily suspended and requirement for annual reviews will be accessed on clinical need basis. This is following Government advice to minimise risk to patients and Health Care professionals.
The purpose of these changes is to minimise the spread of Coronavirus.
If you feel you may have a urine infection please read the attached protocol for handing in samples and please complete the form with any samples that are handed into the surgery.
Renfrewshire Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) delivers adult social care services and all community health services for adults and children in the Renfrewshire area. Please utilise this excellent resource to help access the correct service or advice for you or your family member. Click here for Website link
New ‘my diabetes my way’ App
For any patient with a diagnosis of diabetes and who hasn’t already registered with the NHS interactive diabetes website we would strongly encourage you to do so. This excellent website helps you understand and take control in managing your condition. Click here for Website link
There is also a new App that can be downloaded to your smartphone. Click here for App link
Patient Access – Temporarily suspended
Appointments can now be booked on-line for patients who are registered for this service. Please enquire at reception about registering.
The practice is located at the corner of Neilston Road and Orr Street. Street parking is readily accessible in the vicinity. Situated on a main bus route and close to Canal Street Station. We register patients in the PA2 postcode area. See practice location map.
Monday – 8.00am – 6.00pm
Tuesday – 8.00am – 6.00pm
Wednesday – 8.00am – 6.00pm
Thursday – 8.00am – 6.00pm
Friday – 8.00am – 6.00pm
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