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Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th May 2020.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Labour, Brent North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of Government guidance requiring people at high risk from covid-19 to stay at home and self-isolate for 12 weeks with the content of the frequently asked questions document issued to GPs on 11 April 2020 that states that shielded patients may attend GPs surgeries.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Shielding protects the most clinically vulnerable against COVID-19. However, this protection cannot come at the expense of the clinically extremely vulnerable accessing the health care they need for current health conditions. General practitioners have been asked by the National Health Service to review any ongoing care arrangements for shielded patients at highest risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Wherever possible, patient contact, triage and treatment should be delivered via phone, email or online. However, if a shielding patient needs a face-to-face assessment, they should be seen on a home visit, and not brought into general practice premises unless a designated site has been set up for such purposes. Strict infection prevention and control measures should be followed at all times for the protection of shielded patients.

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