High Risk Vulnerable Patients
The NHS has identified patients who are at particular risk from coronavirus (COVID-19). These patients should receive a letter from the NHS by 30 March 2020.
Below is a summary of the patient groups that have been identified:
- People who have had an organ transplant who remain on long term immune suppression therapy
- People with specific cancers - people
- with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
- with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
- having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
- having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
- 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. Severe asthmatics are those who are frequently prescribed high dose steroid tablets.
- 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
- People who are pregnant with significant congenital heart disease
I have not received a text or letter but I think I am at high risk
Letters are being sent out and should be received by 30 March 2020. We also expect doctors and hospitals to add more patients to the list as we have not been able to identify everyone. You should continue to follow advice for high-risk patients on nhs.uk. If you have not received a letter by Monday 30 March contact your GP or clinical specialist for advice.
I have received a text or letter and I do not think I am at high risk
If you are not in one of the patient groups listed above, you can ignore the communication. If you are unsure whether you are in one of the groups listed above contact your GP or clinical specialist for advice.
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