If you are in the the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) group, you will have had, or be receiving shortly, a letter from NHS England advising you to shield. We are in Tier 4 so you should have had one already from the central NHS. If you have received a Covid-19 vaccination, this advice does not change. CEV patients are eligible for support to stay at home including free delivery of medicines from their Pharmacy, where friends, family or local volunteers are unable to provide help and statutory sick pay where unable to work from home. Sick notes can also be downloaded from NHS111 if you are in this group.
This information is on the gov.uk website and in addition the local Derby City/county council.
The NHS confirm that CEV patients will be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccination in advance of the general population (as per current JCVI guidance). It is expected that Government will also be sending text messages and emails to affected patients where the NHS holds the relevant contact information. We do not know as yet when this will be.
As we have said before, if you need urgent medical help, we are still open between 8am to 6:30pm. Lines are busy so please be patient, if you are in the CEV patient group, please make the receptionist aware and let them know the nature of your call.
Your team at Mickleover Medical Centre