The Department of Health has issued shielding guidance is for people who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers.
Shielding is a measure to protect people who are clinically extremely vulnerable by minimising all interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others. We are strongly advising people with serious underlying health conditions (listed below) which put them at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to rigorously follow shielding measures.
People who require shielding will be written to, and will be asked to avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks from the day they receive their letter. All letters should be received by Sunday 29 March, or via contact from the GP. If letters do not arrive for patients classified as extremely vulnerable, please contact the relevant GP or hospital clinician.
Visits from people who provide essential support such as healthcare, personal support with your daily needs or social care should continue, but carers and care workers must stay away if they have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). This will be a service commissioned nationally by NHSE&I, with associated changes to the Terms of Service
Under shielding plans, medicines deliveries may be delivered by friends, family or a volunteer, as well as by the patient’s usual medicines provider.