Townhead Medical Practice

    Links Health Centre, Frank Wood Way, Montrose, DD10 8TY

    Telephone: 01674 676 161
    Out of hours: 111

    COVID-19: Service Updates & Resources

    Epilepsy Scotland Check-In Service

    If you are struggling due to the continued restrictions caused by coronavirus, we are here to help.

    Register for our check-in service to receive a regular call from us to ask questions relating to your epilepsy and talk confidentially about any concerns arising.

    To register call 0808 800 2200 or email

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    Salt Water Gargling

    ELVIS COVID-19  - using salt water to wash out nasal passages and gargling to reduce Covid symptoms (University of Edinburgh study).

    If you have developed symptoms of COVID-19 including a continuous cough or high temperature or loss of sense of smell or taste within the past 48 hours, the study team would appreciate your help in this study. They will gather information of your symptoms throughout your illness and use this to see if nasal washout and gargling with salt water helps.

    For more information, and to get involved, please follow the link to the website:

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    Face Masks

    If you have been asked to attend for an appointment, can you please ensure you are wearing a facemask or covering.

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    People who develop symptoms of coronavirus

    When to self-isolate

    The medical advice is clear: you must self-isolate if you have coronavirus symptoms or live in the same household as somebody who does. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

    • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
    • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
    • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

    For more information,

    If you have one or more of these symptoms, you must self-isolate straight away for 7 days – or longer if you still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste.

    If you live in the same household as someone with coronavirus symptoms, you must self-isolate straight away for 14 days.

    How to order a test

    The sooner you have a test, the sooner we can let you know if you and other members of your household must remain in self-isolation.

    Members of the public can order a test through the

    If you are an essential worker or an employer, please visit

    If you don’t have access to the internet, you can order a test by phoning 119. has more information on the testing programme.

    When you order a test, you will get information on the options available to you.

    If you test negative

    If you get a negative test result, this means you are at low risk of having coronavirus.  Other members of your household can stop self-isolating. If you feel well and no longer have symptoms similar to coronavirus, you can stop self-isolating. You could still have another virus, such as a cold or flu – in which case it is still best to avoid contact with other people until you are better.

    If you test positive

    If you get a positive test result, this means that when you took the test, you had coronavirus. You – and other members of your household – must continue to self-isolate.

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    Psychological Resources for Covid-19

    Download our Psychological Resources Guide for Covid-19

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    Self Isolation and Work

    If you require a self certificate from work these can be accessed from DWP website (search for SC2 – statement of sickness). Please click here for further information on benefits during coronavirus including isolation notes.
    The practice will not issue sick lines to cover COVID self isolation.

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    Practice Service Updates




    Until further notice, if you require an appointment or advice, you should contact the practice.


    If you require a repeat prescription, please order this online, if you have not registered, please see the instructions on our online services page, your registration will be processed immediately.