Glasgow hospitals are putting plans in place to allow managers to increase critical care capacity "at short notice" if they experience a surge inpatients hit by coronavirus.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said it has "robust resillience plans" and well rehearsed procedures to be able to deal with public health incidents.

Plans are being developed to allow hospitals to "flex capacity" on acute sites to increase the number of critical care beds.

The health board said patients could also receive consultations at home using a video link in addition to home visits and it is working to increase the number of testing centres in Greater Glasgow. 

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A spokeswoman for NHSGGC said: "Our plans include well-rehearsed procedures and involve public health and clinical experts in order to quickly respond to any incident.

"We are developing plans to allow us to be able to quickly flex our capacity on our acute sites including increasing critical care beds on our major sites.

"We have put in place arrangements to carry out community-based testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

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"As part of our esilience planning our the Director of eHealth is also looking at opportunities to maximise the use of digital technologies including the Attend Anywhere project which allows patient consultations through secure video-based It technology."

Updates on public health advice for coronavirus can be found on the NHS Inform website, and a free helpline has been set up for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice: 0800 028 2816.

The helpline is open from Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 10.00pm and Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am to 5.00pm