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NHS information for people with genetic, rare and undiagnosed conditions that may be at higher than average risk from Covid-19 is here. Please be aware that this includes people affected by a broader range of conditions than those affected by conditions that reduce the effectiveness of our immune system. If you do not know whether you are at higher than average risk from Covid-19, then you need to consult our condition specific guidance, your GP, or your clinical specialist.
Alongside the communication from the NHS the Government has a scheme to register those who need extra support. Whether or not you have received a letter from the Government, if you believe you or a family member are part of the group of people who are extremely vulnerable to Covid-19, you may register here. If you have not been contacted by the NHS yet, you should also contact your GP or specialist to register yourself.
This system will connect you with a Local Support System, which will make sure those individuals self-isolating at home and who are without a support network of friends and family will receive basic groceries. Community pharmacies will support those who need help getting their medicines delivered.
Shielding and Vulnerable People
People identified as belonging to one or more of the at-risk groups will be contacted by their GP practice, specialist or both, strongly advising them to stay at home for a period of at least 12 weeks. If you are contacted it is vitally important for your own protection that you practice shielding. Guidance on how to achieve this shielding is here.
NHS Volunteer Responders in England can help with shopping, a prescription collection or a friendly chat. People needing support can self-refer if they think they meet the qualifying criteria. Carers can make a referral for someone they care and for themselves, if this support helps them continue in their caring role. To find out more about the service click here. To self refer telephone: 0808196 3646.
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