COVID-19 cases connected to The Abbey Practice, Arbroath

Two cases of COVID-19 have been identified in members of staff connected to The Abbey Practice in Arbroath (30/10/2020).

Associate Director of Public Health, Dr Ellie Hothersall, said, “We are working closely with The Abbey Practice to investigate these cases. All close contacts in the GP surgery have been identified and have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days. 

“The surgery remains open and there are no concerns about risk to patients and the wider public.”

Emma Galloway, The Abbey Practice Deputy Practice Manager, said, “Patients can expect a temporary reduction in the services offered at The Abbey Practice for the next two weeks and we thank patients for their understanding during this time. 

“Patients should be reassured that it is still safe to attend the surgery if you are asked to do so.”

Other NHS Tayside services within Abbey Health Centre are unaffected.

Background:
What you should do if you have symptoms:

Anyone who has any of the following symptoms should book a test at nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or call 0800 028 2816 if they are unable to access the online service:

  • a high temperature or fever
  • a new continuous cough 
  • a loss of, or change, in sense of smell or taste

Remember the FACTS guidance 

F – Face coverings. These should be used in shops and on public transport (buses, trains and taxis)

A – Avoid crowded places

C – Clean your hands frequently, using water and soap whenever possible

T – Two metres – observe physical distancing

S – Self-isolate and book a test if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms

Contact:
Cara Longmuir
NHS Tayside Communications
(01382) 740716