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Please do not ring the surgery to ask about whether you will be getting a letter regarding shielding. Please read below for the CURRENT situation. Posted on 30 Mar 2020

We are receiving many unnecessary calls from patients querying why they haven’t had a letter with advice to shield for 12 weeks.


As is stands people falling into this extremely vulnerable group include:


1.   Solid organ transplant recipients.

2.   People with specific cancers:

·         people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer

·         people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment

·         people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer

·         people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors

·         people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs

3.   People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.

4.   People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).

5.   People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.

6.   Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.


Only call the surgery if you think you fall into one of the categories of extremely vulnerable people listed above and you have not received a letter or discuss your concerns with your hospital clinician


Thank you


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