Volunteering during COVID-19
If you are interested in supporting NHS Dumfries and Galloway by volunteering during this time of COVID-19 we would ask that you could take a minute to read the details below before completing our application form.
Please read below the latest National Guidance on volunteering that we have received regarding the coronavirus and the implications it may have on you becoming an NHS volunteer. We have a duty of care to you as a POTENTIAL volunteer and to our patients, their families and staff.
NHS Volunteers who are unwell and those who meet qualifying criteria for flu vaccination should not attend their volunteering role. This means:
- People with a health condition
- People aged 70 years or over
- Women who are pregnant
- People that work in healthcare
- Unpaid carers and young carers
At time of writing the current guidance is as follows…
If you Live Alone:
If you live alone and you develop a new continuous cough and or fever however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
If you live with others:
If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus (new continuous cough and or a fever) then all household members 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
Underlying Health Conditions:
People over 70 and those who have high risk and underlying health conditions are being strongly advised to stay at home as much as possible and significantly reduce unnecessary social contact. (For those under 70 underlying health conditions refers to all those eligible for the flu vaccine).
Conditions and diseases which can make flu more dangerous include:
- multiple sclerosis
- liver problems such as cirrhosis/hepatitis
- cystic fibrosis
- asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
- chronic heart disease
- being very overweight
- chronic kidney failure
- HIV infection