CORONAVIRUS AND WEST EDINBURGH- UPDATE 6 24/03/2020

CORONAVIRUS AND WEST EDINBURGH- UPDATE 6 24/03/2020 Important news on new arrangements for getting medical help if you have severe COVID-19 symptoms; Self employed announcement expected; Defining Key Workers and essential work- further detail on childcare. (video- This afternoon I asked the FM about a system for moving freely during lockdown)

URGENT – NEW PROCESS FOR GETTING MEDICAL HELP IF YOU HAVE COVID19
The Scottish Government have restructured the NHS, in order to deal with COVID19:

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms you must self-isolate and try to manage them at home. If they become severe and YOU BEGIN TO FIND IT DIFFICULT TO BREATHE, YOU MUST CALL 111. DO NOT CALL YOUR GP. You will be asked some questions and if your symptoms are felt serious you will be transferred to a new Covid19 hub in your community. Transport to the hub will be provided, if you can’t get there safely yourself.
At the Hub you will be assessed by a GP and either given equipment (eg. An oxygen compressor) to manage the symptoms at home or you will be admitted to hospital.

This new system will allow GP surgeries and other primary care facilities to continue non-Covid19 related primary and emergency health care as normal.

Do not visit any other health care facility if you have COVID19 and only call 111 if you become very unwell. If someone with Covid19 is unresponsive dial 999 and explain the call is COVID19 related.

SELF EMPLOYED- FURTHER ASSISTANCE PACKAGE EXPECTED

I have raised the financial pressure faced by the Self-Employed every day since the chancellor announced the package of measures to help salaried workers. The First Minister confirmed to me today that she believes that an announcement from the treasury on additional support for the self-employed will be coming shortly.

LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS
A reminder that you are expected to remain in your homes until further notice. Only leaving for the following reasons:
• Shopping for basic necessities (only once a day)
• One form of exercise a day
• Caring needs of those who depend on you
• Travelling to/from a place of essential work.

*Following several enquiries I received confirmation from the First Minister today that where parents are separated, contact arrangements for shared parenting are allowed to continue.
We are passing legislation in Parliament today that will allow the police to enforce compliance.

DEFINING KEY WORKERS:
Still lots of queries about essential work and key workers. The working definition of the Scottish Government breaks down into three categories:
Category 1: Health and care workers directly supporting the coronavirus response or life-threatening emergency work. Energy suppliers and staff providing childcare or learning for other category one staff are also included.
Category 2:All other health and care workers, and wider public sector workers providing critical and emergency welfare services. This includes workers in the fire, police and prison services.
Category 3: All workers without whom there could be a significant impact on Scotland but where the response to coronavirus, or the ability to perform essential tasks to keep the country running, would not be severely compromised.
I had it confirmed that those delivering voluntary support, will be allowed to continue that work during lockdown.

KEY WORKER CHILDCARE:
There are now 3,500 available places for children of key workers. Arrangements have been made directly by private nurseries with Council contracts for key workers with 40 settings up and running today. Emergency day care is also being put in place for specific learners in some of our schools which provide additional support needs. Pupils will be allocated to schools by the end of this week.

Primary schools
Bonaly, Broomhouse, Castleview, Craigour Park, Craigroyston, Forthview, Juniper Green, Oxgangs, Pirniehall, St David’s RC, St Joseph’s RC and St Peter’s RC.
Secondary schools
Broughton, Craigmount, Craigroyston, Drummond, Firrhill, Forrester, Gracemount, Holy Rood, St Augustine’s, The Royal High and Tynecastle.

SUPPORT FOR VULNERABLE FAMILIES
Families with children eligible for free school meals will get continue to be fed, including over the Easter Holidays, via payment to families
TRANSPORT
Trams and buses are now operating a Sunday service.

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