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Please use this service if you have to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer:
There are essentially two risk groups and it is important to identify the ‘risk group’ the patient falls into to ensure they receive the right help and support.
Please see below:
Group 1 – ‘Very High Risk’ shielding patients.
- Solid organ transplant recipients.
- People with specific cancers:
- people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
- people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
- 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
- People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
- People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
- People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
- Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
This group of patients have been identified centrally and should have received a letter in the post. An emis alert should also be available in their medical record. If the patient has an alert in their record but has not received a letter please send a task to a doctor & they will arrange for the appropriate letter to be issued. We are in the process of contacting all the patients in this group to check that they have the appropriate support.
Group 2 ‘Increased risk’ of severe illness from coronavirus – social distancing
- under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
- those who are pregnant
This wider group, who broadly speaking comprise the criteria of adults eligible for an annual flu vaccine have been asked to take steps to reduce their social interactions in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus. We will be reviewing all the patients that fall into the above categories to assess their risk and where appropriate will be adding them to the ‘very high risk’ category. If they are considered to be at very high risk we will be sending them a shielding letter.
Unfortunately food deliveries for this cohort are not available.