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Scotland updates on Covid-19 information for people with diabetes

This page is specifically about guidance for people affected by diabetes in Scotland. We'll continue to share relevant information provided by the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and other providers.

We have more information and advice about how coronavirus (Covid-19) can affect people living with diabetes, including what to do if you become unwell and what self-isolating and shielding mean. This is being updated regularly with new information as it becomes available. 

Updates from the Scottish Government

On 18 June the First Minister announced a further easing of restrictions as the country moves into phase 2.  Further details can be found on the Scottish Government website.

In addition to the shielding advice outlined in the update on 8 June (below) people who are shielding can also participate in non-contact outdoor activities such as golf, can meet one other household outdoors.  People should continue to be stringent in following social distancing measures, remaining at least 2 metres apart from others and frequent hand washing.   

On 8 June, Scottish Government updated its shielding advice (for those who have been advised to shield) and also its tailored guidance for people living with diabetes.  This is available on the Scottish Government website.

The Scottish Government's route map for easing lockdown restrictions published on 21 May can also be found on its website.  



On 15 May we wrote a letter to Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, Fiona Hyslop MSP, to ask for clearer and more robust protections for employees living with diabetes. 

On 30 May, the Cabinet Secretary replied to us. You can read her response (PDF, 341KB) in full. 

Guidance cited includes the Scottish Government and STUC joint statement on COVID 19 Fair Work Principles.

Further advice to workers on COVID-19 and their employment rights, such as statutory sick pay, is available on the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) website. 

The Scottish Government is using powers from the UK Coronavirus Bill to make it a criminal offence to flout the strict public health guidance that is helping save lives. This means that every person in Scotland, including businesses, are now required by law to follow necessary physical distancing measures to slow the spread of coronavirus. Full details of the guidance are available.

Diabetes Scotland is working with Diabetes UK colleagues to urge the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma MP, to ensure that people who are ‘clinically vulnerable’, including people with diabetes, have the right to stay home if they do not feel safe returning to work. 

If an employer cannot facilitate this and the employee still has concerns, they should have access to fair remuneration such as the furlough scheme. This will mean that people who are at risk do not face the unenviable choice of weighing up their health or financial security. 

Updates from NHS Scotland

Many routine screening appointments, including retinopathy screening, have been paused while the NHS focuses on Covid-19. It is important to be extra vigilant in taking care of yourself at home, be aware of any new symptoms and contact your healthcare team if you have any concerns. 

Find out more about the changes to diabetic eye screening tests and appointments in Scotland. 

Patient advice from Scottish Diabetes Foot Action Group (Word, 76KB). Please be vigilant in checking your feet and seek professional advice if you notice anything unusual.  

NHS Borders Diabetes Covid-19 guidance (Word, 35KB)

NHS Greater Greater Glasgow and Clyde Diabetes Covid-19 guidance (Word, 18KB)

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Eating Well During Covid-19 

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Podiatry Briefing April 2020 (PDF, 275KB)

My Diabetes My Way

You can keep track of your diabetes records at home when you register for free with My Diabetes My Way. As well as accessing your recent test results, you can also complete diabetes education courses and read the latest guidance and advice. Simply click on the register button under My Diabetes to sign-up for the first time.  

Other information

Visit the Ready Scotland website for information on where to find additional support e.g. National Assistance Helpline, debt advice and domestic abuse. 

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