Introductions and Links

We are curating up-to-date information on COVID-19 for medical staff, students and other healthcare workers in NHS Lothian.

Information on current advice is available on the Scottish Government website.

The NHS Lothian staff test-and-protect policy is available for review here. Please also see the daily NHS Lothian Speed Read updates and NHS Lothian intranet resources.

You can read the most recent letter to Doctors in Training from the 4-nations Chief Medical Officers here.

(Last updated 28 September 2021)

Trainee Wellbeing Feedback through COVID-19 (July 2020)


Important Updates


Internal Events


COVID-19 Webinars


Reskilling for COVID-19

Reskilling Sessions

As more patients became hospitalised with COVID-19, we provided regular interactive teaching sessions for NHS Lothian doctors in training as refreshers in respiratory medicine and other skills for managing COVID-19 patients.

These sessions were run daily using videoconferencing, designed by Dr James Tiernan (resp consultant) and Dr Emma Scahill (clinical teaching fellow).

Session Objectives

  • be able to perform an A-E assessment
  • discuss causes, recognition and management of respiratory failure
  • review oxygen therapy and titration
  • appreciate the role of anticipatory care planning and escalation pathways

COVID Zone Induction Pack

COVID Zone Induction Guide (16-04-20)
The Allocation section below has further details on the steps in the allocation process.

University of Edinburgh Teaching Materials

This material is available via a special log-in set up by UoE. Using your NHS account, this can be accessed here.

Turas Learn Resources

Access Turas COVID-19 resources with your NHS account.

Senior Doctor Resources

These materials are tailored toward senior clinicians toward helping with decision making in respiratory failure and COVID-19 patients.

Senior Decision Support Guide PDF (pan-Lothian 16-04-20)
Oxygen Therapy / NIV Guidance (20-03-20)

Recorded Webinar

The session below was recorded with James Tiernan and a group of interim FY1s on 17-04-20 (all infomation correct as of this time).

00:00 -- Intro
04:32 -- A-E assessment and initial management
11:00 -- ABG interpretation and Respiratory Failure
27:00 -- Cases
38:50 -- COVID management
41:00 -- Role of junior doctors
47:00 -- PPE
49:20 -- Deteriorating Patients and Escalation
1.00:30 -- FAQs

This session was recorded with James Tiernan and some of the interim FY1s (all information correct as of 17-04-20).


Preparation for Critical Care

Following the success of the "Reskilling for COVID-19" webinars, similar online drop-in sessions were planned for any health care worker who had been re-allocated to a critical care environment (or for those looking to prepare themselves for future changes).

These sessions were run by ICM and anaesthetic registrars covering: critical care environments and equipment, systems and processes, troubleshooting, common emergencies, and management of specific ITU conditions.

VIDEO - webinar recorded 23 April 2020

00:00 - introduction
03:52 - what is "critical care"?
06:49 - equipment
32:25 - daily assessment
41:15 - CXR interpretation
47:25 - critical care emergencies
57:22 - tracheostomy management
64:09 - specific critical care conditions
71:30 - summary

Course - COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application

The University of Edinburgh and Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) have created a free online course developing themes discussed in this webinar including: daily critical care practice, ventilation and organ support, COVID-19 specific care, self-care and staff wellbeing.

Free FutureLearn Access Here

Useful Resources

Critical Care Handbook (developed by UoE MSc Critical Care faculty)

NHS Lothian ICU Infusion Guide (last accessed 13-04-20; these are the "yellow sheets" in ITU)

Intubating COVID-19 patients

Video from RIE Critical Care (filmed 11-03-20)

Proning in ITU

Video from RIE Critical Care (filmed 11-03-20)


Doctors in Training




We would like to reassure you as much as possible that should it be necessary to make changes to work patterns, including redeployment, in response to COVID pressures we will support you and there is a plan that we have made in collaboration with NES. The letters below have additional information about redeployment.

Doctors in Training

Clinical Fellows

COVID unit induction guide

This is a pan-Lothian guide to working in the COVID zones in RIE, SJH and WGH. This has relevant contact numbers, information on diagnostic tests and management pathways but is constantly under review and update so please check here for the latest versions. If there is information you feel would be useful to include, please discuss with your local medical team (including the authors on the front page) or you can contact us.


Senior Decision Guidance

This document has been prepared by the Lothian Respiratory team to help support registrars and consultants who are moving to COVID Zones. Included is advice on escalation pathways, common respiratory conditions and PPE guidance.

Oxygen Therapy / NIV Guidance 20-03-20


Anticipatory Care Planning

All adult admissions in NHS Lothian should be accompanied with a recorded Anticipatory Care Plan (a copy of the form is available here). This is a standardised document which staff will be able to refer to throughout the patient's hospital admission. It should be completed by the most senior doctor available, in consultation with the patient, family and with the responsible consultant.

The paper form is required in all admissions, and this should also be actioned on Trak within the EPR (Green C indicates full escalation, red C with line through indicates DNACPR).

Part of this process will involve discussions with patients regarding anticipated levels of care and DNACPR status. With the Palliative Care team (Dr Colette Reid, Dr Stephen Fenning) we have created the videos below as examples of conversations you may have with patients and family members around dying, particularly during this COVID-19 pandemic. They have prepared some phrases which you may find useful when having these discussions (PDF here).

EC4H (Effective Communication for Healthcare) also have a section for communication with patients and families during COVID-19, including the RED-MAP conversation approach.

ACP Introduction
ACP Discussion with Patient
ACP Discussion with Relative

Not On Site Working

There is a small number of doctors who due to existing health conditions or pregnancy have been advised to step back from front-line clinical work (the information regarding at-risk groups is available here).

Looking after yourself is a priority, but we know that a number of you are still wanting to support your colleagues and contribute where you can.

There are a number of ways that non-clinical work (even from home) can help, and be counted as work suitable to match the Gold Guide for trainee progression (including updates regarding Outcome 10 and COVID-19). A guide produced by some of our not-on-site doctors on what to prepare and cover is included here.


Your medical training during COVID-19



If you have questions about your training (Foundation or specialty programmes), visit the Scotland Deanery website or email: or visit: // NES also has the Professional Support Unit who can help you if you have personal wellbeing issues you feel are not being addresed directly by your trainers ( // NES also runs weekly webinars on Thursdays relating to training (link the Events section).

Medical Students in NHS Lothian


Important COVID-19 vaccine information

Information on how to get dose 1 can be found in the Speed Read from 24 February.

For those who require Dose 2:

If you have not already registered to book appointments online you will need to complete this online registration form. Once your registration form has been processed by eHealth you will receive a welcome e-mail confirming your access to the online booking portal. You will then be able to book online.

If you cannot access online booking, please contact the Covid Vaccination Booking Line on 0800 111 44 99 between 8:30am - 4:30pm, Mon to Fri to arrange a suitable appointment around 10 weeks of your 12 week window.


Wellbeing and Support


Local Services

NHS Lothian Advice Line

Monday - Friday, 0800-1800
0131 537 8530 (ext. 88530)

Staff are not to call RIDU or our Public Health teams with queries, as both areas are under extreme pressure.

Occupational Health Staff Counselling and Support

Self referral process to
"self refer" as message title, and include your name, date of birth and a contact number.

Staff Listening Service - Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation

T: 07888998084 (between 9am and 9pm, calls last 30 minutes and you can re-call)


Open to all NHS Lothian staff, confidential psychological support and guidance
T: 0131 451 7445

Edinburgh Medics' Share

A medical student led volunteer group offering childcare and support for health care professionals.

Facebook Group (sign in required)

Food and Supplies


Canteen: Opening hours extended (now continuous 0700-1930, with extended meal times)
Aroma: hot and cold drinks, with sandwiches / snacks available 2100-0000 (supported by FeedNHS)

Dining Room: Open 0700-1930 - hot drinks and snacks available all day.
Cooked: breakfast 0700-1000 // lunch 1145-1400 // dinner 1630-1900
Tea/Coffee Facilities in MEC 24/7


National / Online Services

NES Wellbeing Planning Toolkit
A PDF resource developed by NES to help with knowing your warning signs and actively managing your wellbeing

Wellbeing and Self-Care (ICS)
A PDF resource developed early by the Intensive Care Society.
The second page in particular has a number of suggestions and tips excellent for general use.

A PDF resource to help with shift work during COVID-19, including simple checklists before getting home.

If you need to speak with someone:

BREATHING SPACE: - T: 0800838587

SAMARITANS: - T: 116 123 (free phone)

SHOUT: - Text 85258

FRONTLINE 19: free counselling service

Free app access for all NHS staff throughout 2020 (register with NHS email).

Unmind - use NHS email
From sleep and coping through to parenting and supporting others, we provide tools and training across the entire spectrum of mental health.

Ten Percent Happier
Free podcasts and online guides to caring and coping with the anxieties and challenges presented by COVID-19.

Ten Percent coronavirus resources
NHS complimentary access

BMA 24/7

(confidential and peer support line for doctors and medical students)

0330 123 1245


Rest Facilities

As well as the additional food and drink facilities being set up, the MED has secured funding for recliner chairs to be added in a number of locations around our acute hospitals, to provide suitable space for doctors in training to have a safe rest space.

Some beds (for short spells of rest) are also available, and other rest facilities are provided by some specialties already.

RIE Recliners

4 recliners in Braids Room (PGEC). Beds in Doctors' Mess (close to ward 104).

WGH Recliners

Drs Mess, Pentland Lodge, South Corridor - 4 rooms with recliners, 5 on call rooms being developed

SJH Recliners

3 recliners in Wellbeing hub / Doctors' Mess in Education Centre

REH Recliners

Recliner for trainee doctors in CAHMS. Bed in ADC.




Parking at the RIE remains free. There is a priority list for staff only if you are unable to walk long distances; otherwise it is first come first serve.

Day time: Staff are asked to park in 2C (or if directed to, 2B). This leaves 2A and 1G closest to the hospital entrances available for patients.

Night time: Staff are asked to park in the closer car parks (1G, 2A, 2B) to facilitate quicker leave times and morning arrivals to the main staff car park.

SJH Parking

Ladywell Park and Ride is served by a NHS Shuttle Bus which is available for staff Monday-Friday. Further details can be found on the SJH transportation page.

WGH Parking

There is metered parking available along Carrington Road to the south of the hospital.

Staff car parking is only available by permit. In line with NHS Lothian Policy, only those staff based on this site and who meet the parking criteria will have access to a parking permit.


PPE and Infection Control

Current NHS Lothian recommendations for community and hospital based PPE is available here (updated 09-04-20).

An update from PHE and NERVTAG on PPE required for early CPR procedures from 24-04-20 is available here.

As of Monday 29 June, FRSMs are to be worn on the wards at all times and face coverings elsewhere, with maintenance of 2 m social distancing. This follows recommendations from Scottish Government (24-06-20).

COVID-19 transmission (August 2020)



We are grateful to Lindsay Guthrie (Lead Infection Prevention and Control Nurse) for sitting with us and answering questions from NHS Lothian doctors in mid April.

General PPE policies (April 2020)
Face fitting and Sessional use (April 2020)
PPE for resus, nebulisers and theatres (April 2020)
PPE Summary (April 2020)

Resources and Guidelines



Answers (as we have them) to questions from our doctors-in-training.

FAQs (26-03-20)

PPE FAQs (April 2020)

Ethics During the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 2020)

Let us know what you need to know on Trickle or by talking to your trainee reps, the ADMEs or anyone else in the MED team.


Ways to get in touch

Lothian Trainee and Management Forum

The LTMF is a grouping of trainees, trainers and managers in NHS Lothian, and is a great opportunity to find out what is going on at work and in training, and to raise questions via your representatives.

Please email us to be included in the LTMF mailing list and find out about future meetings. These are currently being held every other Wednesday.


Trickle is a new feedback service we have launched for doctors-in-training earlier this year.

Downloadable as an app or through your browser you can raise issues and ask questions relating to your work and training. Trickle lets you see what people are talking about and you can upvote topics for discussion.

More details are here on the Trickle page.


Other MED Resources

PPE Update (25-03-20)
Simon Edgar (Lothian DME; 22.03.20)
A message to NHS Lothian from Dame Kelly Holmes (08-04-20)
Jason Leitch's message to NHS Lothian doctors in training

National Clinical Advisor, Scottish Government (26-03-20)

Message from Prof Michael West for Lothian doctors in training

Michael is Senior Visiting Fellow at The King’s Fund and Professor at Lancaster University. He has worked with us in NHS Lothian before and shares here his ideas on wellbeing while dealing with COVID-19 (25-03-20)

Supporting doctors in training

You can find information on training as well as materials for ACP discussions, online interactive respiratory skills teaching and support sessions.

Keeping safe

The latest information for staff regarding testing and NHS Lothian PPE guidelines are published above.

Looking after yourself

Symptomatic (new continuous cough and/or temperature 37.8° or higher): self-isolate for 10 days. Health care workers can return after this 10 day period when apyrexial for 48 hours (even if ongoing cough).

Household symptomatic: the whole house must isolate for 14 days.

Further advice in the HPS / NHS Lothian occupational health links (including for high/increased risk health conditions and staff testing) above.