July 8, 2020

Advice for people who are shielding is to change in the coming month.

Those affected will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith outlining new guidelines and the work to be done to move to pausing shielding from 01 August as long as the evidence is clear that it is safe to do so.

From 10 July, those shielding will no...

July 7, 2020

Some planned healthcare delayed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will now be carried out at NHS Louisa Jordan to help NHS Scotland recover. 

Built at the beginning of the outbreak at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, the hospital will initially receive some orthopaedic outpatient consultations from July. If clinically success...

July 6, 2020

A targeted £10 million fund to support Scotland’s performing arts venues has been announced by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP.

Created as part of the Scottish Government’s £185m Business Support Fund, the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund will help venues who cannot yet reopen to their audiences due to the ongoing impact of coronavirus (COVI...

July 6, 2020

A group of industry experts have submitted an action plan to limit unemployment caused by the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The report from a sub-group of the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board, with representatives from business and Scotland’s skills agencies, was commissioned by the Scottish Government in May.

Their recommendati...

July 3, 2020

The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) will take over the running of Scotland’s coronavirus (COVID-19) mobile testing units from the start of September.

Currently operated by HM Armed Forces, the mobile units will pass to SAS, where they will continue to support the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the management of localised ou...

July 2, 2020

New guidance has been published to help Scotland’s colleges and universities prepare for a safe and phased return to campus.

The guidance has been developed in partnership with colleges, universities, the Scottish Funding Council, trades unions and student bodies.

Institutions are planning for a phased return with a blended model of remote and lim...

July 1, 2020

A rapid COVID-19 antibody test developed by diagnostics firm Omega has reached the significant design freeze stage which means it is ready for regulatory approval.

The lateral flow device, which allows people to test for antibodies at home with almost instant results, will now move on to the verification and validation which should lead to r...

June 30, 2020

A UK-wide £80 billion stimulus package should be created to regenerate the economy and reduce inequalities following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a new Scottish Government report proposes.

The report, published on Monday, suggests the package could finance a temporary reduction in VAT from 20% to 15%, whilst moving the tourism and hospita...

June 29, 2020

Cervical Cancer screening and some NHS Scotland national screening programmes which were paused in March because of coronavirus are set to resume safely, carefully and in a series of stages.

As of Monday 29 June, anyone who had been invited for cervical screening before the pause and was yet to make an appointment or had their appointment cancell...

June 25, 2020

Care home residents across North Ayrshire and Scotland will be able to receive visitors outside from 03 July, provided the care home meets strict criteria, with infection control measures remaining in place.

The next phase of visiting will include outdoor meetings with a single nominated visitor and that face coverings must be worn for the visit’...

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