COVID-19

17th February 2021


 


Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Patients


The Government will be adding more patients to the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Register over the coming days.


Scientists from the University of Oxford have developed a new model to determine whether someone is at risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19.  It looks at risk identifiers including age, sex, ethnicity, body mass index (BMI) and existing health conditions.


Postcodes are also considered, as they can be used to indicate levels of deprivation. People in more deprived areas can be more at risk from the virus, because of cramped housing conditions and inability to work from home.  Due to these findings the Government has decided that those identified as vulnerable will be added to the shielding list.


The government will be sending letters directly to patients either via email or post.  These will not come from the Practice.  You should follow the advice given in this letter unless you have been advised otherwise by a medical professional.


These individuals have been identified by a new risk assessment model, commissioned by the Chief Medical Officer for England, to predict a person’s risk of becoming seriously unwell from COVID-19.


This model has been developed using data which was gathered during the first wave of the pandemic. It has been through the most rigorous standards of review and testing and this is the earliest time that it has been available to identify patients at a national level in this way. 


If you have previously not been classed as CEV and now receive a letter, please be reassured that it is not because you were overlooked but because we now have further data to work with to identify you as being at high risk of Covid 19.


Patients at high risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 infection are strongly encouraged to follow shielding guidance. However, this is advice, and not the law. Patients can choose whether or not they want to follow it.  Shielding patients are currently being asked to shield until 31st March 2021.


 


14th February 2021


 


Lander and Three Spires vaccinated 1,112 patients on Friday. Thank you everyone for your patience in co-operating with the measures we had to take.


 


10th February 2021


 


Covid Vaccinations - we are currently inviting our 65-69 year old patients for their 1st covid vaccination. If you receive a text message about booking an appointment, this is not a scam. We are currently booking patients in by telephone and a new direct automatic booking system, accuBook. We will contact you either by 'phone or SMS.


 


4th January 2021


 


Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people are being advised to follow shielding advice following new national lockdown measures announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 4 January 2021. The shielding advice for those in the CEV category is the same as was in place during the second national lockdown in November. Guidance for Shielding Patients.


 


 



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