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Another major milestone in the battle against Covid-19

By Gavin Musgrove

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After helping three quarters of a million Scots during the pandemic, the Covid special helpline service will formally close in the next half-hour.

The line will be dropped at 4pm.

NHS 24 chiefs have said this reflects changes in national guidance on testing and isolation advice.

All information will continue to be available at www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus.

NHS 24 Medical Director Dr Laura Ryan said: "The formal closure of the non-clinical Covid 19 special helpline reflects how life is returning to a more normal or familiar pattern.

“Covid-19 has not gone away. We still need continue to follow the current guidelines and advice to keep everyone safe.

"This includes getting your vaccines, staying at home if unwell with Covid -19 symptoms, and simple but effective measures such as washing hands frequently.

"There is an extensive range of information on NHS Inform including symptom checkers for Coronavirus which provide advice and suggest what to do if your condition worsens.

“Remember, if you are unwell or concerned about your symptoms, please continue to access care as normal.”

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