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KEY MESSAGES: 11/05/2020

Shielded Patients

An update on Shielded Patients from CHFT

As part of the NHS response to COVID-19, NHS England requested acute providers to identify patients at risk of severe illness if they catch Coronavirus.

CHFT has completed its first review and informed those patients identified, on the next steps for them to take in order to stay safe, as outlined in the letter available to download below.

NHS England has requested acute providers inform general practice of the patients they have identified and issued letters to.

Gill Staniforth from CHFT will be contacting practices this week with the list of patients (NHS Number, D.O.B., specialty) identified through this process.

As part of the national process, CHFT will continue to refresh the list of patients identified at risk of severe illness if they catch Coronavirus, on a weekly basis. Any new patients identified will be issued a letter by CHFT and details forwarded to practices.

Shielding Patients for Primary Care (C0429)

The latest update of the Shielded Patient List, based on the NHS Digital GP Extraction Service, has identified a small number of patients who will be advised to shield via a centrally generated letter and text message.  Flags will be added to the GP records for these patients along with patients identified by hospital clinicians this week.  The addition of flags and distribution of central letters is expected to be complete by Thursday 7 May.  You may also receive information relating to this from your system supplier.

Any patients you locally identified as clinically extremely vulnerable prior to 28 April should now be recognised by the Government support website.  Thank you for informing all of these patients, using the standard letter previously provided.  If you have not done so, please ensure that you write to these patients as soon as possible.  Please use the following updated version of the letter. 

This contains the same information but confirms that the Government is currently advising people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to shield until 30 June, subject to ongoing review.  People who you have identified locally and added to the registry will be sent text messages later this week and contacted early next week by the Government support service call centre if they have not yet registered online or by phone.  It is therefore important that you have contacted them to confirm that they have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. 

We are aware that some people who believe they have registered for support on the website have not received it.  We have fed this back to the Government service and are working with them to resolve issues with the website and call centre. Please advise people to re-register ensuring they have entered the correct NHS number on the website and their name and address as used in their NHS records. 

We have received a number of queries about the length of time patients should shield for. Government is currently advising people to shield until at least the 30June (irrespective of when the letter from the NHS was received) and is regularly monitoring this position.  Further information about shielding will be published in due course by Government and individuals currently shielding notified. 

As a reminder, the websites below may contain helpful information about these patients / process:

Please note: A similar email to this has been sent to hospital clinicians asking them, if they have not already done so, to review their patient lists and identify anyone who should be added to the clinically highest risk registry and advised to shield. We have asked them to speak to any such patients, and to send them a copy of the standard NHS letter, as well as to notify the patient’s GP that they have been added to the list, and to submit a list of additional patients to NHS Digital.

Emily Hough

Director | Strategy Group | NHS England & NHS Improvement

  • CAS ALERT on Tiger Eye Protection Re-Issued

CEM_CMO_2020_021.pdf – re-issued with bar codes.

Whilst this CAS Alert was predominantly aimed at Trusts, we were also asked to highlight to GP Practices

Primary Care Bulletin Link


GP Connect & CCAS

Following the draft guidance received last week and the late notification for the webinar, please see the following slide pack from this webinar on 5th May 2020 along with a reminder of all NHS 111 Provider ODS Codes

  • Slide 7 confirms what practices need to do around management of the list
  • Slide 8 confirms the list options available to practices
  • Slide 10 advises practices to allow all NHS 111 Providers access to your direct booking slots/lists
  • Slide 11 gives the summary of requirements

NEW Green Site – update 11.5.2020

The new Green Site for baby immunisations due to go live from Monday 18th May 2020 – information and booking details for EMIS and SystmOne can be found in the following document:

The locations are:

Green SiteLocation
Brighouse Green SiteBrighouse Health Centre Lawson Road, Brighouse, HD6 1NY
Grange Dene Green SiteGrange Dene Medical Centre Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd, Halifax , Hebden Bridge, HX7 5LF
Mixenden Green SiteMixenden Stones Surgery (Caritas Group Practice) Mixenden Road, Boothtown , Halifax, HX2 8RL
Siddal Green SiteSiddal Surgery 117 Oxford Lane, Siddal , Halifax, HX3 9DG
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