NHS Highland expresses gratitide to public staying home and saving lives

NHS Highland is thanking members of the public across Highland, Argyll and Bute for following national guidance and staying at home to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

But it’s also urging people not to become complacent.

It says continuing to stay at home and reducing day-to-day contact with other people will help limit the spread of the virus and that by following this guidance – and the other measures that have been put in place, such as staying two metres away from people at all times if you are out – everyone can play their part in reducing the impact that this virus could have.

Dr Paul Davidson, NHS Highland’s Deputy Medical Director for Community Services, said: “The response from the public to the national guidance on physical distancing and staying at home has been excellent and I am asking everyone to continue to follow this guidance.

“Physical distancing measures do work so it is important that we don’t become complacent. I understand that it can be challenging for people, especially those who are separated from family, but we all need to play our part in reducing the spread of this virus so I would encourage everyone to continue to stay at home and save lives.”

Dr Rebecca Helliwell, Associate Medical Director for the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Physical distancing and staying at home really does help to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and I am very grateful that the vast majority of the public have complied with the national guidance. It is so important that you continue to do so as it will help protect your own health, the health of the people you live with and also your local community. 

“I would also add that, even though the NHS is busy with Covid-19, we are here to help with other conditions and I would reiterate the Scottish Government advice that people should not ignore early warning signs of serious conditions and if they have new symptoms then they should get them checked out either by contacting their GP, calling NHS24 on 111 if it’s out of hours, or if symptoms are urgent, by attending their local A&E.  In emergencies you should still dial 999.”  

Physical distancing measures are steps everyone should take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the spread of Covid-19.  Do not meet others outside your household, even friends or family.  You can get further information from the NHS Inform website.

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