To slow the spread of COVID-19 the general public are being asked to stay at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary social contact.

In order to protect my staff and members of the public I have made the decision to close my constituency office to the public for the time being to support the above measures.

This is an uncertain time for members of our community.  The coming weeks will see us face unprecedented changes to our ordinary way of life in order to protect people and reduce the strain on our NHS.

I understand that many people will have concerns about their loved ones, their income and their ability to access services.  The Scottish Government is actively working to put in places measures to support those most affected.

My staff and I continue to be available on 01294 276730 by email ruth.maguire.msp@parliament.scot or by post at 14 Eglinton Street, Irvine, KA12 8AS.  Please, if you or anyone you know is in need of help or advice, do not hesitate to get in touch and I will continue to do all I can to assist.

Please find below the most up to date information from the NHS:

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

NHS Advice for staying at home is available here.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

More information is available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/