Clinically Extremely Vulnerable shielding patients information
HM Government additional guidance link to local COVID alert levels
Who this guidance is for
This guidance is for everyone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. You may have been advised to shield in the past.
This guidance is effective from 2 December 2020.
The guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID 19 was updated by Public Health England and the UK Government to coincide with the national lockdown restrictions that were implemented in England on Thursday, 5 November, 2020. The latest shielding advice and guidance can be viewed on the Government website.
It is for people in England who have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. You will know if you are in this group if you previously received a letter from the NHS or from your GP advising you to shield.
The updated guidance applies to clinically extremely vulnerable individuals only.
If you live in a household with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, you are not advised to follow this guidance, but you should follow the restrictions set out in the national restrictions guidance from 5 November.
These new shielding measures will apply until Wednesday, 2 December, 2020.
Updated shielding guidance changes for children
The Government shielding guidance has been slightly relaxed so that those who are shielding can meet in groups of up to 6 outdoors and to form "support bubbles", if they wish. In addition to these changes, the guidance has been updated to reflect the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health’s guidance on children and shielding, which the government has now endorsed. Children and young people should continue to shield until 31 July 2020.
Seasonal Flu Vaccination clinics
We will be implementing social distancing measures during our clinics based on the latest Government guidance to ensure patients and Staff stay safe. We politely request that patients wear a face mask or face covering of some kind, if possible. This can be a face mask, bandana, scarf or similar. Face coverings can be purchased online from a variety of online retailers. For guidance on how you make your own, please click here. It is recommended to have your injection in the arm you do not favour (eg: if you are righthanded, this would be your left arm) so we will ask you to be ready for your vaccination by having your arm exposed and ready ie: remove outer clothing (jacket, coat etc) and roll up your sleeve, if necessary.
From Saturday 1 August 2020 the guidance will then be paused so clinically extremely vulnerable people of all ages will no longer be advised to shield. We expect most children and young people will be removed from the shielded patient list following consultations with clinicians and GPs over the summer. Click here for more info
HIGH RISK (EXTREMELY VULNERABLE) SHIELDING PATIENTS NOTICE
Here at The Lighthouse Group Practice we have been thinking of our shielding patients and hoping that you are staying safe and well.
This has been a challenging time for us all and the current advice is to continue to stay safe and shield for protection by staying in and away from others until 30th June. This date may of course change as the situation is monitored by the Government.
We would like to remind you that if you are experiencing difficulties obtaining shopping or collection of medication there is help available through the HIVE on 023 92 616 709 or their website https://hiveportsmouth.org.uk This is led by Portsmouth City Council.
The Government is also supporting those at highest clinical risk. Please register on their website https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable to register your current situation, even if you do not need additional support right now. If you have already registered you do not need to do so again. There is also a dedicated helpline 0800 028 8327.
Please remember the surgery is open and we are here to take your calls.