How to self-isolate (quarantine)
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Use the links below to find Stirling-specific information and resources that may be helpful if you are self-isolating.
NHS inform provides quality healthcare advice and information.
If you are unwell and need healthcare whilst self-isolating, call NHS 24 on 111 for advice. Do not visit your GP surgery or a pharmacy.
In the event of a medical emergency, call 999 and tell the operator you are self-isolating.
Even if you are well, you must make healthcare arrangements. You need to register with a doctor as soon as possible after you arrive.
The GP practice on campus is Airthrey Park Medical Centre and you can register with them online.
Looking after your mental health
Self-isolating can be lonely, scary and frustrating. Looking after your wellbeing is as important as looking after your body. It’s important that you know how to access support if you’re not feeling your best.
Mental health resources
Togetherall is a digital mental health support service. It’s available online, 24/7, and is completely anonymous so you can express yourself freely and openly. Professionally trained guides monitor the community to ensure the safety and anonymity of all members.
There are also useful resources you can work through, including tailored self-help courses on anxiety, sleep, depression and more.
This service is available to all students and staff. Find out more about Togetherall.
NHS – Every Mind Matters
There are lots of resources on the NHS Every Mind Matters hub. It has expert advice and practical tips to look after your mental health and wellbeing, with lots of advice on coping during the Coronavirus pandemic, including advice for parents and carers.
Mind coronavirus wellbeing hub
The mental health charity Mind has lots of tips and advice on things you can do to look after your wellbeing during self-isolation. You can find this on their Coronavirus and your wellbeing hub
Extra self-isolation information and advice for students
The following information is specifically for students. It covers accessing your studies, getting involved with online University activities, support from Student Services, and advice for students in University accommodation.
If you have to self-isolate after your course has started, you can access course materials and resources through our online learning platforms. Learn more about the resources available and how you will be taught.
You can also find helpful information about online welcome events and induction sessions taking place to help you get started at Stirling.
Although you cannot leave your accommodation during self-isolation and will be in your room most of the time, you can still get involved with our online activities.
- Get involved in our programme of social, health and wellbeing, learning and cultural activities online
- Access online resources to keep you well and connected.
- Find out about your Students’ Union and the various clubs and societies you can join when your self-isolation is over
- Complete your Stirling Essentials programme to help you settle into studying at Stirling
The Student Services Hub brings lots of services together to help solve problems you might have. You can access a range of services through a single point of contact. This includes Mental Health and Wellbeing, Accessibility and Inclusion, Money Advice and Spiritual Support.
Contact the Student Services Hub:
Information on what you need to do if you must self-isolate in University accommodation:
Using the kitchen
Only leave your room to use shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Follow the guidance around cleaning shared areas.
Store your food and kitchen items safely in cupboards and fridges provided – you may wish to keep your plates, cutlery, etc. in your room. Only enter the kitchen to cook your food, when no one else is in it.
Eat in your room and return to the kitchen only to wash up your plates. Dry them with a towel only used by you. You should organise a rota for kitchen access with your flatmates.
Using shared bathrooms
If you use a shared bathroom, clean it each time before and after you use it. Wipe all surfaces you have touched using a strong household disinfectant.
Bed linen and laundry
You will not be able to visit the laundry until the end of your self-isolation period. Keep all dirty laundry until after your isolation. It must be kept in a sealed laundry bag for 72 hours before being removed for washing, once your isolation has ended. We will provide you with an extra set of bed linen. All students will have a duvet, pillow and two sets of bedding provided.
You will be given a welcome pack with some basic food items to keep you going until you set up an online grocery order.
Access to food
You cannot leave your accommodation, even to buy food. Find out more about how to get food when you are self-isolating.
Many essential services you need when self-isolating are accessed online. If you are in university accommodation, you can access the free University wifi network.
- connect your devices to the University wi-fi network
- Read useful information to help you get set up and stay safe online
If you do not comply with self-isolation measures
Failure to comply with the self-isolation measures mean you could be fined under the Scottish Government’s Health Protection Regulations. If you put others at risk, your accommodation contract could be terminated and you will need to leave University accommodation.