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You should write to your patients if you have identified them as at high risk of complications from coronavirus (COVID-19). The letter provides advice and guidance on what it means to be at high risk, information relating to the support available, going to work, accessing NHS services and mental health support, as well as guidance on current restrictions.
Revised patient additions letter templates were made available to GPs via GP system suppliers in April 2021. They can also be downloaded here:
- Updated High risk patient additions letter template for all patients identified as clinically extremely vulnerable (reflecting updated policy)
- Easy Read Down’s syndrome additions template for provision in addition to the above for adult patients with Down’s syndrome
You do not need to write to your patients if they are identified nationally or by hospitals. Correspondence will be provided either nationally or by the Trust adding the patient to the Shielded Patient List respectively.
You should also write to patients who you have previously been on the Shielded Patient List and now are assessed as being at low or moderate risk.
When removing a patient who was previously added to the Shielded Patient List nationally as a result of the COVID-19 Population Risk Assessment (see above) a specific letter template is provided. Download a letter template for patients identified by the COVID-19 Population Risk Assessment who are no longer at high risk.
An updated Word template of the standard patient deduction letter was made available to GPs via GP systems in February 2021. Download a letter template for patients assessed as not being at high risk.
In addition to this, an Easy Read version of the letter was also made available in December 2020. Download an Easy Read letter template for patients assessed as not being at high risk. The Easy Read template should be used in addition to the former where it is appropriate to do so.
Hospital trusts can also deduct patients by submitting a request to the NHS Shielded Patient List. These patients are identified by a low or moderate risk flag in your GP system.