22nd June 2020
Note that this advice applies only to England and the devolved nations will issue their own guidance. Please see the paragraph below in bold which refers to extremely vulnerable people. Our advice is that CLL patients should discuss this relaxation of shielding with their consultants where possible. Different patients will have different levels of risk.
We are presenting the announcement in full as it is quite complicated:
Shielding guidance will be relaxed in stages, subject to clinical evidence. The new advice to patients will now be:
The food and medicine boxes facilitated by the National Shielding Service will stop as of 1 August as individuals are advised they can visit shops and pharmacies. However, other forms of support – such as priority supermarket delivery slots and the NHS Volunteers Scheme, amongst a range of local volunteer schemes – will continue. If an individual is concerned about support after 1 August, they should contact their local authority.
The categorisation of ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ will remain in place and people in this cohort should continue to follow the guidance specific to them, available here. After 1 August, we will continue to maintain the Shielded Patient List. We will monitor the virus continuously over the coming months and if it spreads too much, we may need to advise this group to shield again.
Shielding guidance has been and continues to be advisory.
Everybody in the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ categorisation will be written to from today outlining these steps.
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