For up to date information on COVID-19 please visit NHS Inform.
Everyone over the age of 12 years is eligible for the COVID vaccine. Please visit NHS inform by clicking here to find out more about the vaccine and how you can get it.
You can also call the national helpline 0800 030 8013 which is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.
COVID BOOSTER VACCINE
Some people will be eligible for a COVID booster vaccination. Please click here to find out if you are eligible and how you will be invited for vaccine.
COVID VACCINE STATUS
People will be able access their Covid-19 Vaccine Status online. Please click here to find out more. Do not contact your GP about this, they will not be able to help.
A Freephone Covid Status Helpline will allow people to get the record posted to them – it can be contacted on 0808 196 8565. Only use this if you cannot use the online option.
You must self isolate and arrange a PCR test if you have any of the following symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
You can arrange a free PCR test by clicking here. If you have symptoms please do not do a Lateral Flow Test – you must do a PCR test as these are more accurate.
Results are sent to you directly by text. Everyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be put in touch with their local contact tracing team to help identify who they’ve been in close contact with.
Please visit NHS Inform for up to date information on COVID-19 and advice on self isolating. : https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
Videos about testing – multiple languages available
Please see NHS Lothian ‘s video links in multiple languages about the Lateral Flow tests and PCR tests.
The languages include Urdu, Arabic, Punjabi, Spanish, English1, and Romanian.
(Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Bulgarian, Bengali, Polish, BSL, Swahili and Kurdish are in the process of being uploaded)
Click here for the link for all the videos
There are four video links for each language version.
1. The video link titled ‘The LFD test for people with no symptoms‘ encourages people to get tested. It provides information on the LFD test, where to get tested and the support available if they test positive. https://vimeo.com/channels/1744773/641903337 (English)
2. The video link titled ‘What is a PCR test?‘ provides information on why people should take the PCR test, where to get tested, what support is available if they test positive and how to keep safe.
3. The video link titled ‘How to do an LFD test at home‘ provides audio-visual instructions and a ‘follow along’ step by step video demonstration of the LFD test, what to do if you are positive, support for self-isolation, where to get further advice and how to stay safe. https://vimeo.com/channels/1744773/641925122 (English)
4. The video link titled ‘How to do a PCR test at home’ provides audio-visual instructions and a ‘follow along’ step by step video demonstration of the PCR test. The video also explains what to do if you test positive, when to return to work, support for self-isolation, where to get further advice and how to stay safe.
Even vaccinated people can catch COVID19 and pass it on. Getting tested can help us all to stay safe and return to normal life again
TEST AND PROTECT
NHS Scotland have also now released a free phone app to help the Test and Protect process. The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus, but to protect privacy it won’t tell you who has tested positive or when you came into contact with them. The app is available to download now from the App Store and from Google Play. You can read more about it here: protect.scot
Please visit NHS Inform for up to date information on COVID-19 and advice on self isolating – https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
If you have been told by a healthcare professional/111 to isolate and you need a sick note/isolation note to give to your employer, this can be done online at: https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/ – This process has been endorsed by NHS Scotland
INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR RECOVERY AFTER COVID-19
As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind. These changes should get better over time, though some may take longer than others. There are things that you can do to help and we want to make sure the you have access to information that can help you with your recovery.
We would encourage everyone who is still recovering to read the NHS Lothian information leaflet as this covers some specific, self-directed rehabilitation advice. If you are struggling with your mental-health, we would also encourage you to read our mental health and well-being web page which has a focus on local supports and services.
We hope you find these information sources helpful, but would also highlight that some people who are struggling with their recovery from COVID-19 will need medical assessment. The linked websites/documents provide advice on when you should call the practice to arrange a GP telephone consultation.
Recovery after COVID-19
Published by NHS Lothian:
Guidance produced by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network and the Royal College of General Practitioners:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Longer-term effects
Hosted by NHS inform – NHS Scotland’s health information service:
Your COVID recovery
NHS England website: