We are asking hospitals to identify patients who are at the highest risk from coronavirus (COVID-19), and submit their details to us, so that they can be added to the shielded patients list (SPL).
We are also asking hospitals to:
- review the weekly data we send to them showing the change of shielding status for patients within their care
- ensure consultants and specialists providing care for those patients consider the current shielding status in reviewing the care of individual patients
Shielding is a measure to protect people who are extremely clinically vulnerable by minimising all interaction between them and others.