Covid-19 – Forres area resources

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Forres Local will provide useful news and information to help the public living and working in the IV36 postcode area.

Coronavirus symptoms

High temperature or fever | New, continuous cough | Shortness of breath

Safety measures

Stay at home | Wash hands | Keep 2m away from people

Under the lockdown rules, you are allowed to leave your home to attend to medical needs or the welfare of the elderly and vulnerable. You should observe social distancing rules, and any other measures in place to slow the spread of the virus, such as queuing, one-way systems, cleansing stations, etc.

NHS Grampian – Operation Rainbow

This short film from NHS Grampian shows Nick Fluck, Medical Director and Caroline Hiscox, Nurse Director talking about Operation Rainbow, NHS Grampian’s plan for COVID-19. It covers every part of the health service and every aspect of care. In the film, Nick warns: “After this first peak, it is likely that cases will fall, but then they will rise again, then fall again over a period of months.”

Forres Health Centre – 0345 337 1120

If you’ve developed a continuous cough or fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the day your symptoms started. Only phone your GP or 111 if your symptoms are severe. See NHS Inform’s coronavirus page.

The doctor will ‘see’ you now – with Attend Anywhere

Doctors Peter and Derek Kelly, explain how the health centre is conducting face-to-face consultations while minimising risk, through a piece of software called Attend Anywhere.

Temporary closure of the NHS Unscheduled Care Unit

Health and Social Care Moray have taken the decision to temporarily close the Unscheduled Care Unit within the Forres Health and Care Centre as of 27 March 2020. The decision is a tactical response to the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Isolation note

If you are off work because you have been asked to self-isolate and have been asked to get a sick note to cover you, please don’t call your GP. You can get an isolation note from

Dental care

Routine dental care services (check-ups, fillings and all routine treatment) in dental practices in Grampian have been suspended. 

If you feel you have an URGENT dental need, in normal working hours, you should still contact your dental practice, who will provide advice, reassurance or telephone assessment. 

DO NOT GO ALONG TO YOUR DENTIST – you should telephone your practice on their usual number. Your dentist will be able to give you advice, including on taking pain relief or prescribe antibiotics. In some instances, your dentist might require you to come to the practice for an assessment but do not attend unless you have been told to do so.

If your dentist confirms that you have an emergency dental need you will be contacted by staff from the Public Dental Service to discuss your care.

Outside normal working hours, if feel you have an URGENT dental need, please contact NHS24 on 111.

Self-help guides

NHS Inform Self-help guides

NHS Inform publishes a range of self-help guides to help you understand a variety of medical conditions and what to do if you need further help.

NHS Inform Self-help Guides

Coronavirus and specific conditions