ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING QCOVID MODELLING Information for patients receiving letters about being ‘at risk’ if they were to get COVID
We are aware that some of our patients who had not to date had any contact from the NHS regarding being at risk if they were to get COVID, may have received a letter. We wanted to share the following information to help explain why that is the case and how it affects you:
Why have I received this letter?
NHS England has used a risk assessment tool called QCOVID to calculate people’s risk of getting COVID. This is a complex tool that looks at a variety of different factors to assess peoples’ risk. If you have received this letter, you are one of the patients identified by the tool as being at high risk if you were to get COVID. You can see all the information your GP received.
What in my medical records has caused me to be added to this list?
Unfortunately, the practice has no current way of replicating the analysis that has been done by NHS Digital and so we are unable to tell you why you have been added to this list. This situation may change over time, but we have no way of knowing when.
What should I do now? Should I go to work? Should I go out?
You should follow the advice detailed on www.gov.uk/guidance-from-covid-19. This will mean that you need to take extra measures above and beyond those which you probably have been taking. The guidance covers:
- Social activities
- Educational settings
- Accessing care and support
- Registering for additional support
- You may be eligible for additional support and should be able to receive statutory sick pay for time off from work.
What about vaccination?
If you are under 65 you should be prioritised for vaccination ahead of others in cohort 6 which is people who are at risk because of a variety of medical conditions. If you are over 65 you will have already been in group 5, so this won’t affect the priority with which you’re given the vaccine.
What if I think they’ve added me incorrectly?
At the moment, the best way to review this is through discussion with the practice. Please bear in mind that the practice team is incredibly busy at the moment vaccinating patients as well as trying to provide as normal a service to patients as possible. Because of this it may not be possible to immediately deal with enquiries, but you can submit any question you may have through our ask the practice a question form.
Do I have to follow this guidance?
Patients at high risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 infection are strongly encouraged to follow shielding guidance. However, this is advice, and not the law. Patients can choose whether or not they want to follow it.
Why am I only now being identified as high risk?
This tool has only just been approved for use in assessing patients risk of COVID 19. Until now the NHS hasn’t had sufficient scientific evidence to run population-based tools that can accurately assess peoples risk of developing COVID.
Help the fight against COVID-19
Has your doctor or nurse said you are likely to have a COVID-19 infection? Or do you have these symptoms?
- Continuous new or worsening cough
- High temperature
And have had them for fewer than 15 days?
Are you aged 65 and above?
Or aged 50 to 64 with any of these illnesses?
- High blood pressure and/ or heart disease
- Diabetes not treated with insulin
- Asthma or lung disease
- Stroke or neurological problems
- Weakened immune system due to serious illness or medication (e.g. chemotherapy).
- Liver disease
Then you could be eligible to join the PRINCIPLE trial and help the fight against COVID-19.
The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital Admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19.
To find out more, please visit: www.principletrial.org
Tel: 0800 138 0880
Please do not over order or request your repeat prescriptions earlier than usual.
Stockpiling medicines will lead to shortages. Thank you for your co-operation.
Antibody testing for Covid-19
The initial phase of antibody testing roll-out, in line with national guidance, will focus on the testing of priority staff and patients in acute hospital settings. The programme will then expand over the following weeks to cover community and primary care-based NHS and social care staff.
Patients in the community, where indicated based on their clinician’s advice, will be also eligible for antibody testing on a priority basis once this phase is rolled out.
USEFUL LINKS FOR OUR PATIENTS TO USE DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
COVID-19 - talking to children and families about returning to school: guiding principles
Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person
COVID-19: guidance on home care provision
Mental health helplines
Get an isolation note
Check if you have coronavirus symptoms
People and Community Support
COVID-19 Mutal Aid UK
Volunteer organisations based locally can be sourced to deliver food etc.
Video 1 – Introduction
Video 2 – What symptoms will I get?
Video 3 – Some facts and figures
Video 4 – Talking about death and dying
Video 5 – Planning ahead to get the care I want
Video 6 – How to have the conversation with others