Unpaid Carers

Adult unpaid carers aged under 65 years and young carers aged 16 and 17 years will be offered Covid vaccination at the same time as adults with eligible at risk health conditions (JCVI priority group 6). Unpaid carers aged 65 and over will be offered the vaccine earlier as they are included in JCVI priority groups 2-5.

Unpaid carers DO NOT need to be registered as a carer by their general practitioner to be eligible for vaccination. Those patients who are already known to support services, e.g. Social Security Scotland or a local carer centre will be invited to get their vaccine by letter from the national booking service.

NHS Inform are advising those not known to support services to register with their local carer centre as this information will be used to identify patients, rather than information held by the practice.

Unpaid carers will also be able to self-register for the Covid-19 vaccine from 15/03/2021.

The new service is open to anyone aged 16 to 64 who provides face-to-face care – unpaid – for a family member or friend who is affected by a disability, physical or mental ill-health, developmental condition or substance misuse.

Self-registration online service: www.nhsinform.scot/carersregister

For further information and advice relating to carers and caring please visit: https://www.careinfoscotland.scot/ and https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/support-for-unpaid-carers

Covid-19 Vaccine Invitation - if you think you should have received your letter already or have lost your letter

You should contact NHS Scotland if you think you should have received an invitation to your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination appointment by now, or if you have lost your invitation letter. You can do this by completing the online form at https://www.nhsinform.scot/.../missing-appointment-details
You should use the form to provide contact details and an explanation of why you think you should have received an invitation.
This will help NHS Scotland to confirm your eligibility and get back to you with a letter or information on how to arrange your vaccination appointment.
Before you complete this form, check that you:
* fit into one of the priority groups currently being invited for vaccination (groups 1 – 5 https://www.nhsinform.scot/.../who-will-be-offered-the...).
* live in an NHS health board area that recommends contacting them via this form.

COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS - What to do if you have symptoms

If you have a high temperature and / or a new and continuous cough self isolate for

7 days. If you live with others, everyone in the household should self isolate with

you for 14 days even if they are well.

Do not attend the GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. This will help to protect others

in the community while you are infectious. You do not need to contact NHS 111 or

your GP to tell them you’re staying at home.

From 08:00 on Monday 23rd March 2020 anyone who feels their symptoms are getting

worse despite self isolating and self care should call NHS24 on 111. Following

triage there you will either be advised to continue to isolate or you will be directed to

clinics run by Hospital doctors, GPs and Nurse practitioners that are being set up

locally to review your symptoms and arrange for you to be seen in a safe and

protected environment.

Please do not contact the practice regarding your worsening symptoms. Call

NHS24 on 111 - this is now national policy.

For all other non Coronavirus related medical problems - contact the practice as

normal, but please do not just turn up at the door.  You MUST call the practice

and we will arrange for a doctor to call you back.  This is for your own protection

as well as that of our staff.

GENERAL ADVICE

As with any sort of virus, how bad and how long the symptoms last will depend

largely on the patient’s individual circumstances. Stay at home, cancel all non-urgent

travel. Work from home if possible. Reducing social contact and good hand washing

will significantly reduce your chances of contracting this virus and potentially

spreading it to the most vulnerable.

Even those with significant medical problems should expect to make a full recovery.

Your symptoms may last 7-28 days, so the length of the illness should not worry you

greatly so long as you do not become increasingly unwell during this time. Seek

medical advice if you do.

Take advice from your pharmacist if you need to self medicate - however you should

call rather than present to the shop. You should manage this as you would any cold

or flu except you must self isolate for 7-14 days if you have symptoms. You can

return to full responsibilities and duties when you are well.

Most cases reported in the UK have been relatively mild sometimes with no

symptoms at all, and over 98% of those infected make a full recovery. We will all feel

a little more anxious at this time but for the vast majority there is no need to be.

Finally, please help look after the most vulnerable - the elderly and those with

underlying medical problems such as asthma/COPD/Diabetes/Cancer and

neurological problems.  You can do this best by following the guidance and

wherever possible staying at home.

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