Stay Safe

General Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus. It can cause a new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste.  Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.  This is a rapidly changing situation which is being monitored carefully. 

To find out about symptoms, when you can use self-care, and what to do if your condition worsens and you need medical help please look at the latest guidelines on NHS Inform Scotland or phone 111. Physical distancing of 2 metres continues to be required in Scotland (with some exemptions) and the use of face coverings in all shops and on public transport is mandatory.

Carradale Surgery COVID Vaccination Update (20/01/21)

We are expecting our first delivery of the Astrazeneca Oxford vaccine next week. If this delivery is received as scheduled, we will begin offering vaccines to the priority groups as outlined by NHS Scotland. Initially this will be to the over 80's either at the Surgery or at home for house-bound patients.

We will be following a strict schedule laid down by the Public Health Department. Patients will be contacted directly by the Surgery and given an appointment time to attend. As vaccine supply continues the Priority groups will be called up in order.

You may not be vaccinated at the same time as others in your household who may be in a different group from you - your friends and relatives will be invited as soon as their vaccine arrives in the Practice. This vaccine arrives in vials containing 10 or more doses, which must be used within a certain time of being opened - please adhere to your appointment time to avoid wastage.

Currently, Carradale Surgery has no control over the number of vaccines allocated to our area or when these vaccines will arrive. Updates will follow as and when we have them for you. Thank you for your continued patience, and we will be in touch with each patient as their allocated vaccine arrives.

We are looking forward to seeing you all for your vaccination.

Message from Carradale Surgery (05/01/21)

Full lockdown has begun again and we understand people are going to find this a very bumpy journey. The lockdown is to protect the vulnerable and to assist the NHS cope with Covid and Non- Covid illnesses. Our community rose to the challenge keeping everyone as safe and supported as possible last time and are on hand to do so again. By everyone following all the rules we help our community stay safe. The good news is the community vaccine programmes will hopefully start shortly. Much of the focus from Health Boards across Scotland has been to vaccine front line health workers, care home staff and residents first. As yet we don’t have a date of when the vaccine will arrive in East Kintyre, but will keep you informed as soon as we know. When the vaccine does arrive we shall work day and night to vaccinate medical staff and patients.

REMEMBER: If you have any of the Covid symptoms below - even if they're mild - you need to book a test as soon as possible

  •  A new, persistent cough
  •  High temperature
  •  Loss or change in taste or smell

Test and Protect is Scotland's approach to preventing the spread of coronavirus in the community.

BUT ALSO REMEMBER: if you have symptoms such as chest pain, limb weakness, speech changes and visual disturbance do not hesitate to seek medical advice. We remain available as we have done throughout the pandemic. It is important you contact the surgery if you have ANY worries or concerns - even the “It’s just a...”.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU, Take care and stay safe.

Covid-19 Scotland's Strategic Framework 

To find out what the 0-4 Tier system is please check Scotland's Strategic Framework 

The Protect Scotland app is now available to download for free via Apple and Google stores. It is:

🔹 Simple and easy to use

🔹 Private and anonymous

🔹 An extra tool to support #TestAndProtect


Community Support


 The East Kintyre Community would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped the Community during recent months.  The Carradale and EK Covid Support Group with their wonderful volunteers have been a huge asset to the Community.  In the meantime stay safe and please continue to follow Scottish Government guidelines, but most of all enjoy life in our fantastic little community.

East Kintyre Community Council and Carradale Surgery continue to work closely together to assist the community in dealing with the fallout of COVID-19.  

A local Facebook page Covid-19 Support: Carradale & East Kintyre Community Council Area was set up early in 2020. We have a number of volunteers in the area and so If you are in need of support, or just wish to find out more please contact the following local phone numbers to get you to your “points of contact” who may be able to assist you:

  • Email:
  • Catriona Trott (Tel: 01583 431115) 
  • Malcolm Trott (Tel: 07801416134)
  • Elaine Batchelor (Tel: 01583 431533)

 Websites/ Facebook Pages providing useful Coronavirus information and local contacts are:

Visitor Guidance

We very much look forward to welcoming you as a visitor to the area as guidelines allow.  

East Kintyre has been a top holiday destination for many generations of visitors. You’ll find a wide range of fabulous places to stay in the area, including hotels, bed & breakfasts, guest houses, self-catering cottages or houses and camping and caravan parks . . . in fact, there’s something for every taste and budget.  You can find more information on our tourism pages.

We want you to enjoy the best of what East Kintyre has to offer, but we would ask you to do so safely, and with the utmost respect to our community. The area has done exceptionally well in shielding itself from Covid-19 and with your help when visiting, by following the guidelines, not only will you have a fabulous holiday, we will welcome you with open arms (at a 2m distance!)!  For full up to date guidance please check the Scottish Government Website.

Physical distancing of 2 metres continues to be required in Scotland (with some exemptions) and the use of face coverings in all shops and on public transport is mandatory.

"Going The Extra Mile"

The communities and businesses in Argyll & the Isles have been immensely proud and energised to go the extra mile to welcome our visitors in a safe and responsible way during this pandemic, and all the changes that it brings. Find out more at Going The Extra Mile

Look out for the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark. This means businesses across all sectors of the tourism industry in Scotland can demonstrate that they're adhering to the respective government and public health guidance, and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to check they have the required processes and protocols in place.

Explore Kintyre & Gigha with over 80 members published a charter for opening up the tourism and hospitality sector.

Resilience Planning for the Future

EK Emergency Resilience Group Update  (June 2020)

A small team (EK Emergency Resilience Group) was set up to consider the best ways to spend the funding grants announced below to consider how best to support the community during Covid 19 and times of other emergencies so that we would be prepared for most eventualities. The aim is to ensure the community is as self sufficient as possible and that people on their own or isolated geographically are able to be supported.  

Find out more by reading their EK Emergency Resilience Group June 2020 Update.


Funding Application Successes (May 2020)
SSE Networks Resilient Communities Fund Application Success 

EKCC were delighted to be awarded £1,550 grant from SSE Networks Resilient Communities Fund to support local communities during the Covid 19. This will be split between EKCC COVID-19 Community Resilience Group (£500), Kintyre Food Bank (£525) and The Kintyre Youth Cafe (£525).

Covid-19 Supporting Communities Fund Application Success 

The CCT were delighted to receive £10,600 from the Covid-19 Supporting Communities Fund for the period 16/03/2020 – 31/08/2020.  This funding to assist the East Kintyre Community area was made available by the Scottish Government and administered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise on their behalf.  

In awarding this assistance, you have indicated to us that you will deliver the following outputs:

Summary of Activities:

  • Provision of measures to combat food poverty
  • Provision of volunteer transport service
  • Provision of measures to combat social isolation and keep community connected
  • Provision of PPE equipment
  • Provision of COVID community welfare fund

Overall Outcomes:

  • The economic impact on Covid-19 on our community’s fragile economy is minimised.
  • Our community will be better equipped and able to return to “normal” when restrictions are lifted.

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