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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - texts sent by the government to patients classed as 'at risk'
Posted on 10 Apr 2020
We are aware of patients who have received letters asking them to self isolate for the next 12 weeks. These letters are being sent to patients who are at 'high risk' of developing complications if they were to contract COVID-19.
The information released to GP practices by the Government is that the following patients are in the 'increased risk' category and should follow social distancing advice:
- aged 70 or older, regardless of medical condions
- under 70 with an underlying health condition as listed below:
- Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen, such as sickle cell anaemia, or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medication such as steroids or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
- those who are pregnant
Some patients in the above categories may find themselves being upgraded into the high risk category. However, guidance on how these patients will be identified and who will be contacting them has not yet been released. We are expecting to receive this information within the next 14 days.
We have been advised that there are 3 phases to the letters being sent out and they are currently halfway through phase 2. This means that not having received a letter yet does not mean you won't get one. We are expecting all patients eligible for the letter to have received it within the next 3-4 weeks.
We apologise for not being able to be more specific at this time. In the meantime, if you are in the above 'increased risk' groups, please do continue to follow Government advice regarding social distancing:
Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK