Coronavirus

Health Advice

For the latest health advice visit NHS INFORM and the UK Government site

A range of different organisations have compiled information on coronavirus that is specific to individual circumstances.

Asthma: https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19

Diabetes: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus

Lung conditions (e.g. COPD): https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus/what-is-coronavirus

Dementia: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/blog/coronavirus-covid-19-information-peop...

Learning Disability: https://www.scld.org.uk/information-on-coronavirus/

Older People: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland/information-advice/health-and-wellbein...

Closures

Libraries and leisure centres:

As of Tuesday 17 March all Midlothian Council leisure centres and libraries are closed to the public.

Schools and colleges:

From Monday 23 March until further notice:

From Monday 23 March until further notice:

All schools will be closed to primary pupils and S1-3 pupils with the following exceptions:

Saltersgate School
Saltersgate School will remain open to support our children with severe and complex needs. The head teacher will be in contact with individual families outlining the individual arrangements which will be in place.

S4-S6 pupils
S4-S6 pupils should now NOT go into school for any reason. This is following updated advice to all local authorities issued today (Sunday 22 March 2020) by John Swinney, Depute First Minister. An exception, however, is vulnerable S4-S6 pupils who access Complex Needs Provision. They should follow individual arrangements already in place for them with their school.

Instead, where possible, S4-S6 pupils, should finish their course work at home and schools will make arrangements to provide further guidance and support to S4-S6 pupils in due course. Schools, as of Monday 23 March 2020 will be working with staff to plan this support.

- Midlothian Council are now focussed on planning for the families of staff belonging to the following key worker groups: Emergency Services, NHS, Health and Social Care Partnership including Care at Home, teachers and council staff who have requested assistance with childcare in order to ensure that we deliver critical services. This requested provision will be delivered through four secondary and four primary schools acting as hubs. Individual schools will be in touch with the individual families to alert them to the arrangements which will be put in place. Details here when updated.

- Edinburgh College has taken the decision to suspend all face-to-face classes until Monday 20 April.

Other Closed Services:

- VOCAL
- Citizens Advice Bureaux
- Health in Mind
- Y2K
- Mayfield & Easthouses Development Trust
- The Golden Girls group in Penicuik is closing down this week.
- The Grassy Riggs
- Melville Housing: Offices are closed to visitors

Travel:

Lothian Buses
Lothian Buses is advising some reduction in service provision is inevitable. They advise travellers to plan their travel by checking for the latest service information which will be available at https://tfeapp.com and www.lothianbuses.com

Scotrail
Scotrail has withdrawn all onboard catering from their services. Live timetable updates are available here with information specific to coronavirus here.