People with a SCI are considered to be in a high-risk ‘vulnerable’ category under neurological conditions as mentioned in the guidance on social distancing.
This means that the NHS will respond to SCI people as ‘a high risk category’ in relation to the Coronavirus and its likely impact and all advice and support through 111 and 999 will be treated as a priority case.
In all enquiries about Coronavirus, we recommend SCI people state that they are spinal cord injured and therefore within a higher risk category for support.
If you are looking for support please phone our Peer Support Helpline on 0800 0321 305 and we will try to help and support you.
Please also follow our social media pages, where we will be posting more information and updated advice.
Staying at home & What can we do together
Staying at home is not easy with the lifestyles that we lead. We will be reaching out to our membership to provide over the phone support. But, please don’t wait for us to call you, reach out to us.
We will be setting up Group chats, just like our Coffee Meets and Greets, but you will be enjoying your tea and coffee at home.
If you would like to get involved, please get in touch on 0800 0132 305.
Here is some guidance from NHS Inform
As most of us have gone into Isolation, we understand how you may be feeling.
Our Peer Support team are here ready to speak to you. We will be reaching out to in-patients and to our members to share local knowledge as well as providing peer support.
Locally, we will be linking together with other charities, local councils to ensure that you feel supported. You are not alone in this. Watch this space for information.
If you need regular medicine, you might be able to order repeat prescriptions by phone, or online via a website or app. Contact your GP and ask if they offer this or you can contact Bullen Healthcare who will delivery medication with your urology products.
For more information, please call 0800 0132 305
It is wise to pack an emergency overnight bag in case you are taken to hospital, in this you should include any medicine that you take and write down your daily routine so medical professionals can know.
Information for Carers, friends and family
As we may be going into Lockdown, here are some handy links to help you receive the support that you need.
Updates from Transport Scotland can be found here
Find out about your employment and benefits rights
You may be worried about work and money if you have to stay home – these issues can have a big effect on your mental health.
If you have not already, talk with your employer about staying at home, and learn about your sick pay and benefits rights. Knowing the details about what the coronavirus outbreak means for you for you can reduce worry and help you feel more in control.
If you want some advice on your specific situation call us on 0800 0132 305