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Shielding for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
The UK Government has set out a roadmap for the clinically extremely vulnerable on the future of the shielding programme.
For now, the guidance remains the same – stay at home and only go outside to exercise or to spend time outdoors with a member of your household, or with one other person from another household if you live alone – but the guidance will change on 6 July and again on 1 August , based on clinical evidence.
Shielding and other advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable has been and remains advisory.
What are the changes?
Recently, the UK Government advised that you can spend time outdoors, if you wish, with your own household, or if you live alone with another household. Following this, and alongside current scientific and medical advice the UK Government is planning to relax shielding guidance in stages.
From 6 July, the guidance will change so you can meet in groups of up to six people from outside your household – outdoors with social distancing. For example, you might want to enjoy a summer BBQ outside at a friend’s house, but remember it is still important to maintain social distancing and you should not share items such as cups and plates. If you live alone (or are a lone adult with dependent children under 18), you will be able to form a support bubble with another household.
From 1 August, you will no longer need to shield, and the advice will be that you can visit shops and places of worship, but you should continue maintaining rigorous social distancing.
Why is the guidance changing now?
The roadmap has been developed in line with the latest scientific and medical advice and with the safety and welfare of those who are shielding in mind. Current statistics show that the rate of catching coronavirus in the community continues to decrease. On average less than 1 in 1,700 in our communities are estimated to have the virus, down from 1 in 500 four weeks ago.
Unless advised otherwise by your clinician, you are still in the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ category and should continue to follow the advice for that category, which can be found here.
We will monitor the virus continuously over coming months and if it spread too much, we may need to advise you to shield again
New rules regarding the use of Face masks: please click here Are you exempt from wearing a face mask: please click here
If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, please ensure that you wear some kind of face mask. This does not have to be a surgical mask, a home made one or a scarf will be sufficient.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE : JUNE 2020
The health and safety of our patients and staff is our absolute priority and we have robust procedures to prevent infection and transmission.
-NHS services are still operating both online, over the phone and in some cases in person.
We are working hard to ensure we can safely increase appointments.
When attending an appointment it is important that you follow safety measures. There will be lots of useful signage and in some areas one-way systems inside our building so please follow these as they are there to ensure your safety.
When attending an appointment you will be asked to wear a face covering. All staff will also have to do the same.
Face coverings must cover the mouth and nose and can be in the form of a mask, scarf or bandanna. Government guidance has a section on face coverings that explains they may reduce infection risks, especially from people displaying no symptoms. Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 2 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. For example, primary age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions. You can make face-coverings at home. The key thing is it should cover the mouth and nose.
If you’re attending an appointment, you will be expected to:
wear a face covering (mask, scarf or bandanna)
-keep apart 2m and respect social distancing measures in place
regularly clean your hands
NHS DIABETES ADVICE HELPLINE
NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a new helpline in response to disruption to normal diabetes services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response. The service is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require immediate clinical advice. Whether you or a member of your household have caught the virus, or routine care has been disrupted, the helpline is available for immediate clinical advice to help you understand how to effectively manage their diabetes. You can access NHS Diabetes Advice via Diabetes UK’s support line on 0345 123 2399 Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm
SCAM WARNING – CERVICAL SCREENING
Public Health England (PHE) has advised of a potential scam involving a text message being sent to some women claiming to be from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme “Call and Recall” service
The text message advises that the recipient is overdue for their cervical screening test (smear test) and to call a mobile number to book an appointment and provide personal details
These text messages are NOT from the NHS cervical screening programme, please DO NOT disclose any personal information should you receive this message
This has been reported to the Action Fraud Line
For more information on cervical screening, please visit the NHS website