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What to do if I become ill

What to do if I become ill

What do I do if I have symptoms?

If you've developed a new continuous cough, a fever/high temperature or loss of or change in sense of smell or taste (anosmia), you should contact the NHS to book a test, stay at home for 10 days from the day your symptoms started and contact your line manager. This applies to any employee whether they are working in the office, at home or on special leave.

Only phone your GP or 111 if your symptoms are severe. If you have any concerns, please go to NHS Inform website for the most up-to-date information and advice.

I have been in close contact with someone who has started showing symptoms of Coronavirus. Should I self-isolate?

You should self isolate at home if you have been closer than 2m for more than 15 minutes until the person has been tested.  If the test for the person comes back negative you can stop isolating, but if it is positive you will need to continue to isolate for 14 days.

Only phone your GP or 111 if you develop symptoms which are severe. If you have any concerns, please go to NHS Inform website for the most up-to-date information and advice.

I have been told to self-isolate but the nature of my job means that I cannot work from home. Will I be granted special leave?

Any employee who is required to self isolate or refrain from work because of underlying health conditions will be granted paid special leave.

You can find NHS guidance on what self isolation will mean by following the link.

In situations where an employee is unfit to work as a result of coronavirus, the employee will be placed on sick leave (normal absence management procedures apply) until their symptoms resolve and they return to work.

If an employee suspects they may have the Covid-19 they should follow the above NHS and Scottish Government advice and contact their line manager by phone. They should not attempt to access the workplace for 10 days or until a negative test result has been received.

It is important that staff members keep in contact with their line manager and report any changes in their situation.

I have an underlying health condition. What should I do?

If you have an underlying condition which makes you eligible for the flu vaccination, you were shielding or are over 70 you should have made your manager aware of this.  The Health & Safety team are working through carrying out risk assessments for all people who have been identified.  You should not attend work until this assessment has been completed, although you can work from home if your role allows this.

I work in an Educational and Early Years settings. What advice should I follow?

Health Protection Scotland have published advice for non-healthcare settings and Scottish Government published advice on reopening. This information should be followed by schools, early learning and childcare settings within Clackmannanshire Council.

I am an essential worker. Can I get tested for Coronavirus?

If you are displaying symptoms you should contact your manager and ask them to request a test via Emergency Planning.  If you are having to self-isolate because a family member is displaying symptoms you should also contact your manager as a matter of priority. There are facilities for testing but this is limited and this is being prioritised for certain key workers across Forth Valley. 

What happens if someone becomes unwell in a council building?

Staff should inform their line manager or responsible person if they become unwell at work.

If someone becomes unwell at one of our council buildings and they believe they may be at risk of Coronavirus (for example through contact with a confirmed case), you should take the following actions:

  • Find somewhere safe for the unwell person to sit which is at least 2 metres away from other people. If possible, find a room or area where they can be isolated behind a closed door, such as a staff office or meeting room. If possible, open a window for ventilation.
  • Direct, physical contact with the person should be avoided wherever possible. The individual should avoid touching people, surfaces and objects and be advised to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when they cough or sneeze, and then put the tissue in the bin. If no bin is available, put the tissue in a bag or pocket for disposing in a bin later.
  • The individual should phone their GP or NHS 24 (phone 111) immediately for advice. You can do this on their behalf if this is easier. They should not attend their GP practice or A&E in person. If they are so unwell that they require and ambulance, phone 999 and let the call handler know you are concerned about Coronavirus.
  • You should report the incident by phoning 01259 452225 or 01259 452199 (both available 24/7) as soon as possible.

Are nurseries legally required to notify the Care Inspectorate of any suspected cases of coronavirus?

Yes. You can find more information about the guidance from the Care Inspectorate website

How can I look after my mental health during this outbreak?

You can find some helpful information on the Wellbeing section of our Keeping Staff Connected web portal, Mental Health Foundation website and you can also contact our employee assistance provider PAM Assist.

Further information

If you are looking for further advice you can contact a free NHS helpline, t: 0800 028 2816.