Coronavirus: Medical Treatments

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th May 2022.

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Photo of Luke Evans Luke Evans Conservative, Bosworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that immunosuppressed individuals who test positive for covid-19 are able to urgently access monoclonal antibody and antiviral treatments in (a) Leicestershire and (b) England.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In all regions in England, including Leicestershire, eligible patients who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by a clinician from a COVID Medicines Delivery Unit (CMDU) to discuss treatment suitability. The clinician will be responsible for assessing the patient and deciding which treatment option is most appropriate for them and their existing condition/s.

If a CMDU clinician has not contacted the patient within 24 hours, they can seek further advice and information from their general practitioner (GP), hospital specialist or NHS 111 and arrange an urgent referral to a CMDU for assessment, where appropriate. Guidance has been provided to GPs, NHS 111 and hospital doctors to ensure information is available to support patients.

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