COVID 19 Update – Shielding Patients to be seen at Uppingham Surgery

Definition of Shielded patients

People falling into this extremely vulnerable group include:

  1. Solid organ transplant recipients.
  2. People with specific cancers:
    • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
    • people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
    • 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
  3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
  4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
  5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  6. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.

What you need to do if you meet Shielding Patient Criteria and you need to be seen by a clinician

If you meet the criteria above and need to be seen for a blood test, B12 Injection, Wound care or in the INR clinic, please contact the surgery on 01572 722621, we will then ensure you are booked into the Shielding patient clinic held at Uppingham Surgery.

You will need to confirm you consent to being treated at Uppingham Surgery, ensure you provide your correct mobile number for SMS text messaging and agree to share your medical records with Uppingham Surgery to ensure that the clinicians can provide accurate and correct treatment based on your most recent clinical history.

These are special clinic’s setup by the Rutland PCN to ensure that the risk to Shielding patients contracting the virus is minimised due to the nature of how the Shielding clinic is operating using strict control measures and protocols to ensure the highest safety and protection to Shielding patients can be observed during COVID 19.

Sharing your records with Uppingham Surgery using Enhanced Summary Care Records (SCRa)

Enhanced Summary Care Records is used to share essential medical information held by your GP with other clinicians that may need to access them in order to provide you with the most appropriate treatment.

In order for Uppingham Surgery to treat you using your latest medical history available from your GP medical records, you will be required to consent to sharing your medical records with them. Please click here to complete the form online, once this has been done, the share will can be setup. Your medical records will only be accessed by personnel who are authorised to access them for legitimate reason:

Transport

If you do not have access to transport and need help getting to Uppingham Surgery, Rutland County Council have set up a dedicated transport service during COVID 19 to Uppingham Surgery. you will need to provide at least 2 days notice stating you are a ‘shielding’ patient (this is a limited service, only use if no other option), please email: [email protected]

Patient Leaflet for when attending Uppingham Surgery

Please read this when attending your appointment at Uppingham Surgery: Patient Leaflet for attending Uppingham Surgery as a Shielding Patient