The following information is to keep you updated about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, what this means for transplant services, and how to keep yourself safe.
Whilst it’s important to keep up to date with the news, it’s also important to switch off and take time for yourself.
We’re all in this together. To support you, the staff of the Edinburgh Transplant Centre have put together some recipes, movie and TV show recommendations, books and podcast recommendations, and other activities that they enjoy. We hope you will also find them enjoyable and help you to stay positive.
The NHS has sent letters to individuals who are at severe risk of illness if they catch Coronavirus. This includes transplant recipients and patients currently on a transplant waiting list. The letter includes shielding advice, support service information, arranging food and medication delivery, and advice for members of your household.
If you have not recieved a letter, please get in touch with your GP, your transplant coordinator, or your local authority’s shielding support line.
On 24 March the Scottish Government announced they would provide support to self-isolate individuals who are at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. This includes including helping access to medicine and food supplies.
This includes transplant recipients as you will be more at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to the immunosuppression medication you are on. Patients who are currently on a transplant waiting list are also included in this group, as you have an underlying disease or health condition that also means you are more likely to be at risk of serious illness than others.
If you’re in this group you will receive a letter with more information, including details on how to register with the SMS service.
As of the 16 March, anyone developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild, should self-isolate for 7 days as per the existing advice. Also, it is now recommended that anyone living in the same household as a symptomatic person should self-isolate for 14 days.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 of recent onset are:
People are advised to take physical distancing measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
This is strongly advised for people aged 70 or over, people with underlying medical conditions, and pregnant women.