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Updated Shielding Guidance November 2020 Posted on 11 Nov 2020

People who have been identified as clinically EXTREMELY vulnerable do not have to shield, but are advised to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend essential health appointments. Click on the link below to read the full government guidance. 

As part of the second lockdown, patients who have been identified as at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) from coronavirus (Covid-19), have been sent letters/emails this week. The correspondence  contains advice on how to take extra steps to protect themselves. There is no need to obtain a FIT note for their employer if they’re  are unable to go to work the letter they will have received from the Government will suffice.

The clinically vulnerable list has been increased to cover new conditions, Chronic kidney disease 5 and patients with Downs Syndrome, so some patients will be receiving letters for the first time.

If patients have a booked appointment or flu vaccination they can attend as normal.

More information and advice for people who are at high risk can be found on the NHS website. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

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