Covid 19 vulnerable patients. Letter

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Is anyone on here , or knows of anyone who is classed as a vulnerable patient, and is still waiting for a letter from the nhs. which should have been received by 30th March.

I have rang my gp surgery. The receptionist didn't really sound as if she knew what she was talking about. She said they hadn't been sorted yet and I might get one in a couple of weeks. Anyone else in the same situation.

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  • Posted

    sorry but whats that letter for? and whats your status to obtain such a letter?

    in Ireland no such letter exist.... as far as i am aware...

    sorry

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  • Posted

    one of the lady I know has Ms disease and she had hers weeks ago.

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    some GP's sent what they classed as vulnerable patients letters or calls a couple weeks ago but the letters from the government will only be sent to those who they class as "vulnerable"

    You’re extremely vulnerable if you:

    have had a solid organ transplanthave any cancer and are getting chemotherapyhave lung cancer and are getting radical radiotherapyhave cancer of the blood or bone marrow, at any stage of treatment - for example, leukaemia, lymphoma or myelomahave any cancer for which you’re getting immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatmentshave any cancer for which you’re getting a targeted treatment which can affect the immune system - for example, protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitorshave had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppression drugshave a severe respiratory condition - including cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)have a rare disease or inborn error of metabolism that significantly increases your risk of infection - for example SCID or homozygous sickle cellare getting an immunosuppression therapy that’s sufficient to significantly increase your risk of infectionare pregnant, and have a significant congenital or acquired heart disease

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    I am 66 and I have c.o.p.d. with underlying asthma. I just thought I would be classed as vulnerable.

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      Hi maureen

      Since COPD affects your lungs in a huge way i would say you are very vulnerable and should self-isolate for three months. Do not go out unless absolutely necessary for food exercise or medication. Better still ask a younger not so vulnerable person or relative to go for you. If you do go out keep 2 metre distance between yourself and others. These are strict Government guidelines for the vulnerable and elderly....

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      this part would more than likely put you into the extremely vulnerable category:

      "have a severe respiratory condition - including cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)have a rare disease or inborn error of metabolism that significantly increases your risk of infection"

      With that being said as it is Friday tommorow I would get in touch with your GP and get them to confirm and if so where is the letter. but as above keep your self safe

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      I haven't been out for 14 days now. I'm too afraid to be honest. I do know that if I got the virus I wouldn't last long. The gp receptionist sounded a bit confused when I rang today. I shall try again tomorrow . The thing is I live on my own, that is ok apart from not being able to shop. I have no family who are able to help and most of my neighbours are elderly. On the government website it said that if you were vulnerable you would receive a letter stating so and you would be able to get a slot with one of the supermarkets to do online shopping As it is now they're not even taking on any new registrations for online shopping.

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      I know 2 people who are vulnerable, one got a letter the other got a text. You need to register online to the uk gov website as an extremely vulnerable person. Google "uk gov vulnerable" and click on the first item that comes up starting with "get coronavirus support." There is a very straightforward form to fill out, I hope this helps.

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      Maureen, do you live in the UK? There are a lot of organisations offering help for those who are vulnerable. You would also be prioritised for online shopping. Are you ok to register online as someone else suggested?

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      Hi maureen

      I know that Tesco is using the hours 9am to 10am for elderly and vulnerable shoppers so are other supermarkets in UK. I don't know if you are a UK resident, do you think this would help you to buy some food. Cover your face with a scarf to keep safe. I know tesco have very good safety precautions in place for shoppers, but only go if you feel safe to go!!

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      Hi Mary.

      Yes I'm in the Midlands.

      I think I am going to have to bite the bullet and venture out myself. It's just so awful reading about patients struggling to breathe and having the ventilators taken away to give to someone else. Thanks for your advice and help.

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      I would recommend you don't go out. People are not being considerate when it comes to personal space and if you phone up your local church I am sure they can recommend some volunteers who could deliver your shopping for you, you don't have to be a member yourself. A scarf will not protect you at all either, only specialised masks that cover your eyes nose and mouth will protect you. This virus is highly contagious and someone with COPD really needs to stay away from other people at the moment as you are very high risk. There are voluntary services set up specifically for people like you, don't be afraid to ask for help. Look up covid-19 mutual aid UK.

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    Hi Moon.

    I've already filled the form in and registered last week. I'm sure there are other people who haven't received letters apart from me. I'll try the gp again tomorrow. Thanks.

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      Carry on trying to get your letter from the gp surgery, but as Geraldine said, there are some volunteer groups helping vulnerable people who live alone. Ask the gp surgery if they know of a service that could help or would you be able to contact your local church and ask them?

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