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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update- texts sent by the government to patients classed as "at risk" Posted on 10 Apr 2020

** If you have received one of these texts and been asked to contact your GP practice please read the below information-our staff can give no further information than what we have put here**

We are aware of patients who have started to receive letters/text messages advising them to self isolate for the next 12 weeks. These letters/texts are being sent to patients who are at "high risk" of developing complications if they were to get Covid-19.

The information which has been released to GP practices by the government is that the following patients are in the "increased risk" catagory and should be following the social distancing advice.

! aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)

! under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below:

* chronic (long term) repiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD), emphysema or bronchitis

*chronic heart disease, such as heart failure

* chronic kidney disease

* chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis

* chronic neurological conditions, such as parkinson disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclreosis(MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy

* problems with your spleen-for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleeb removed

* a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy

* being seriously over weight (a body mass index(BMI) of 40 or above)

* those who are pregnant

Some patients in the above categories may find themselves being upgraded into the high risl category however the guidance on how these patients will be identified and who will be contacting them has not yet been released and practices are expecting to receive this information in the next 14 days.

We have been advised that there are 3 phases to the letters being sent out and that central government/department of health are half way through phase 2. This meams not having a letter at this stage does not necessarily mean you wont get one.

We appreciate your co-operation during this confusing time not contacting the reception team regarding text messages and letters. 

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