Expert doctors in England identified specific medical conditions that, based on what we knew about the virus so far, placed someone at greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19. These were signed off by the UK Senior Clinicians Group (including the four United Kingdom Chief Medical Officers and clinical leadership at NHS England and NHS Improvement, NHS Digital and Public Health England).
Some conditions are not suitable for blanket inclusion in the shielded list, particularly where there is a spectrum of severity of disease. No condition automatically excludes a patient from the list.
General practitioners and clinicians can, on a case-by-case basis, assess a patient’s suitability for shielding and, after consultation with the patient, add them to the centrally held list of patients who receive advice on shielding.