HEALTH and social care staff tackling the coronavirus pandemic are to receive extra practical support, the Scottish Government announced last week.

Additional funding of £500,000 has been allocated to support staff with hot drinks, snacks and other measures to aid rest and recuperation during shifts.

Enhanced wellbeing services for staff, backed by £5million in funding, is also already in place, including a 24 hour helpline.

Health secretary Jeane Freeman said: “I have set very clear expectations that all health boards should promote both the physical and psychological wellbeing of staff, whether they operate in a hospital or a community setting.

“As we approached this peak of the pandemic, I asked officials to seek feedback from wellbeing champions across Scotland on what additional support may benefit staff during this most challenging period.

“I have listened closely to their feedback which has emphasised that little things like access to hot drinks and snacks can mean a lot and go a long way to support staff wellbeing.

“I hope this additional funding will further support boards and health and social care partnerships to put in place the extra practical support that can make shifts a little easier for staff.”

Wellbeing support services for staff also include the National Wellbeing Hub, which is helping staff cope with stress, anxiety and resilience.

Health and social care staff can access the 24 hour national helpline by calling 0800 111 4191.