I got a letter stating I am high risk but I do not think I am

The government have sent out letters and texts to patients they have identified as high risk. This of course is not going to be 100% accurate as they are using information from a variety of sources. If you do not have any of the following conditions (see below) then you do not need to self-isolate for 12 weeks. However, it is strongly advised to restrict your social interaction as much as possible, in line with the government nationwide 'lockdown'. This is both to limit the spread of the virus and reduce your risk of exposure. 

We understand that many of you may be anxious and worried about recent events. Please avoid calling the surgery regarding this query as our advice will be as above. 

  • Solid organ transplant recipients.

  • Diabetes if any of the following apply
    • hba1c >75mmol/mol
    • Episode of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in the last 6 months 
  • People with specific cancers:
    • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
    • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
    • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
    • people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
    • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD (What is severe asthma & COPD?).

  • People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, & sickle cell sufferers not carriers).

  • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection. 

  • Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, either from birth or acquired during life.
  • Patients who have had a splenectomy (removal of spleen).
  • Short gut syndrome
  • Patients taking continuous oral corticosteroids of the equivalent of 20 mg of prednisolone or more for over 4 weeks.
  • Patients taking immunosuppressive or immunomodulating medication such as ciclosporine, cyclophosphamide, azathioprine, leflunomide, methotrexate, mycophenolate. 
  • Severe dementia

 If you have not received a letter and would like to be added to the governments vunerable list then please click the link below.