COVID-19 & Down’s Syndrome and other Essential Information
General Information for Scotland
- NHS Scotland information about Coronavirus: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19
- This includes information about symptoms and how to get a test.
- Scottish Government’s Coronavirus information: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
- Scottish Government’s Extra Protection Level Advice for people at higher risk: view the PDF here
Information for Carers on the COVID-19 Vaccine
- National Carers Organisation have produced a sheet of frequently asked questions outlining the current position around unpaid and family carers receiving the COVID-19 vaccine – you can access this here.
For parents of children with Down’s syndrome
- DSA’s Journal published articles about Preventing infection in Children with Down’s syndrome and Recognising serious illness in children with Down’s syndrome you can find both of these articles here.
For Adults with Down’s syndrome and People who Provide Support
- Guidance for unpaid carers, personal assistants, social care providers and adult day services providers can be found at the Scottish Government website under the Health workers, carers and social work section here.
- You can find easy read information about Coronavirus, government guidance and social distancing here.
Information for People who have asked to Self-Isolate
It’s very important that you stay at home and self-isolate if you are asked to by the NHS. This is to help to control the spread of the virus in the community, and it will only be effective if every one of is ready and able to play our part.
Many people will be able to self-isolate effectively with the help of family, friends and neighbours where they need it. However, some of us may not have that sort of help nearby and may find self-isolation especially challenging.
If you’re in that situation, it doesn’t mean you are alone – help is available. To protect yourself and others, please continue to do what the NHS asks and stay at home.
You can find advice and information about your health and the virus on NHS Inform.
You can also find information about how to get additional support on the Ready Scotland website.
If you need it, you can call the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000 or contact via textphone on 0800 111 4114. This helpline is for people staying at home to stop the spread of coronavirus who need extra help. It is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm. Please remember this helpline is dedicated to helping those who cannot leave their home and who cannot get the help they need otherwise. Where we can, most of us should speak to family, friends and neighbours to help us deal with a period of self-isolation.
If you have any difficulty in getting the support or information that you need our Family Support team are here to help. Call our helpline 0300 030 2121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.