Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) Public Health Information




My office has been dealing with a large volume of calls in relation to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

The information below details the medical advice but please do contact my team on 015565 504991 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need my advice on any matter.

I urge everyone to follow the latest medical advice at and

Please note that this information is correct as of 23 March 2020 and may be subject to further updates as the situation develops.


Health and Safety

Go to to check your symptoms and follow medical advice.

What you need to know

• if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (The ending isolation section below has more information)

• if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then then you must stay at home for 7days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

• for anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (The ending isolation section below has more information, and see explanatory diagram

• it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

• if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

• if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible

• if you have mild coronavirus symptoms or are looking for information:

• Please visit If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, please call the special helpline on 0800 028 2816.

- If you have Covid-19 symptoms and these are causing serious concerns:

If you need more advice than is available on NHS inform online then you should call NHS 24 on 111 at any time day or night, seven days a week

This is a new national dedicated service which can be accessed by calling 111 any time day or night, seven days a week

For more information visit:


For all non Covid-19 healthcare patients should continue to use their GP and if it is out of hours call NHS 24.