Corona Virus Update 2/4/2020

  1. New Assessment Arrangements for People with Symptoms of COVID-19

New arrangements are now in place across Scotland to assess people with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). Rather than calling their GP for advice, anyone whose symptoms have got worse or have not improved after seven days should now contact NHS 24 on 111, day or night.

They will then be followed up by local clinical staff who will carry out a telephone assessment and either provide advice or arrange for them to be seen at one of a number of new community assessment centres in Forth Valley.

In Stirling a community assessment centre has been developed at Stirling Health and Care Village and Aberfoyle Medical Centre is also being prepared for use as a temporary community assessment centre to improve access for people in rural Stirling. 

Up-to-date information and advice on coronavirus can be found on the NHS Inform website or by calling the NHS Inform helpline on 0800 028 2816.

Further information can be found at the links below

https://news.gov.scot/news/new-nhs-24-arrangements-for-coronavirus

https://nhsforthvalley.com/new-covid-19-community-assessment-centres-set-up-in-forth-valley/

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

2. STIRLING COUNCIL SUPPORT REQUEST CONTACT INFO

If you are vulnerable, or you know of somebody who is vulnerable, self-isolating and has no immediate support available:

Call 01786 404040         Email communitysupport@stirling.gov.uk

Please let them know who needs support, how to contact them by telephone and if they have any condition they need to know about.

They will be contacted and one of the Local Co-ordination Teams will look at the most appropriate way of getting support to them, through the local Community Response Groups, Third Sector organisations, a local volunteer or more formal support if they require it.

3.Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliament passed this Bill on 1 April.

The purpose of the Coronavirus Bill is to respond to the emergency situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Bill complements and supplements the Coronavirus Act 2020 passed by the UK Parliament on 25 March 2020, and which the Scottish Parliament gave its consent to on 24 March 2020.

4.  Look after your mental wellbeing

It’s always important to look after your mental health, but even more so at times like these when we are all faced with uncertainty and isolation. The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) also has a dedicated web page with resources to help people maintain good mental health during the ongoing pandemic, including blogs, guided meditation and a wellbeing assessment tool.

5. Funding for organisations

Various funds have been announced recently to help organisations deal with the impact of coronavirus on services:

  • Third Sector Resilience Fund – a £20m emergency fund for charities, community groups, social enterprises and voluntary organisations which find themselves in financial difficulties directly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Community Response, Recovery & Resilience Fund – the National Emergencies Trust has set up a Coronavirus Appeal to raise funds for local charities and grassroots organisations that can provide vital support – funds for Scottish organisations will be distributed by Foundation Scotland.
  • Creative Scotland – three funding programmes have been launched to help provide further support to sustain the country’s creative community impacted by coronavirus.
  • CAF Coronavirus Emergency Fund – grants of up to £10,000 to help smaller organisations to continue to deliver much needed support. 

Further funding information and links are available on the Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub funding page.