COVID-19 - guidance for primary care

Publication Date: 27 March 2020


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Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. Clinical presentation may range from mild-to-moderate illness to pneumonia or severe acute respiratory infection. Because of this, patients with COVID-19 could present to primary care either via telephone or in person. 

It has been announced by the UK/Scottish Government that as of 16 March anyone developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild, should stay at home for 7 days from the onset of symptoms as per existing advice. In addition, it is now recommended that anyone living in the same household as a symptomatic person should self-isolate for 14 days.

Information on COVID-19, including stay at home advice for people who are self-isolating and their households, can be found on NHS Inf​orm

Further, people are advised to take social distancing measures to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. In particular, this is strongly advised for people aged 70 or over, people with underlying medical conditions and pregnant women. Further advice on these measures will be available on NHS Inform​.​

Please note that this is an evolving situation and the most up to date guidance should always be checked on our COVID-19 page​.

Also available on this page

Infection Prevention and Control
​20 March 2020

To support colleagues Health Protection Scotland has produced a short videoclip showing the correct order for putting on (donning) and the safe order for removal (doffing) and disposal of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers in a primary care setting.

The correct order for donning, doffin​g and disposal of PPE for HCWs in a primary care setting

If you are experiencing issues accessing the above video via YouTube please try the alternative version that can be accessed on Vimeo.

Further information relating to PPE can be found in the COVID-19 guidance for primary care found on this page.

Resource information

Health Protection Scotland
Publication type:
Guideline and Guidance