NEW Shielding guidance has been extended until 31 March. Those on the Shielded Patient List will receive a letter to inform them of the extension.
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A new group of people will be sent a letter asking them to shield. This group have recently been identified as high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) of severe illness from coronavirus and have been added to the Shielded Patient List (SPL) in England.
NHS and Government have identified this group as clinically extremely vulnerable because of a combination of their individual characteristics and underlying health conditions, using the COVID-19 Population Risk Assessment.
This assessment combines a number of factors such as age, sex registered at birth, ethnicity, body mass index (BMI) and specific health conditions and treatments to estimate the risk of a person catching coronavirus and becoming seriously unwell.
This guidance is for everyone in England 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.
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