All those identified as being at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (due to a serious underlying health issue) will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales.. This is known as a ‘shielding letter’.
The letter advises people to stay at home until at least 15 June 2020 and contains a range of further information and advice, including how those who have no-one else who can support them can get medication and other essential items such as food.
Local authorities have been provided with the contact details of those who have been identified as high risk to allow local authorities to offer support.
Major supermarkets have been provided with the contact details of those who have been identified as high risk to allow them to prioritise online shopping slots.
To ensure all high risk patients are contacted, GPs and now hospital doctors have been provided with a list of those who’ve been sent letters to check against their known patients. They will send any additional high risk patients not identified a letter outlining the advice from the Chief Medical Office..
Whilst we appreciate that you might be anxious, please give your GP or hospital doctor some time to look through the patients lists.
There is a much broader group of vulnerable people who have not been written to but who have been previously been advised (through published guidance) to rigorously follow the social distancing advice in order to help reduce the risk of catching coronavirus.
People in Wales are not being asked to register as vulnerable but if you are vulnerable you should ask family, friends and neighbours to support you and use online services.
If this is not possible, then the public sector, business, charities, and the general public are gearing up to help.
If you receive support from health and social care organisations, for example if you have care provided for you through the local authority or health care system, this will continue.