Supporting vulnerable people

The Chief Medical Officer has written to around 90,000 people in Wales who are felt to be at high risk if they were to contract coronavirus. This is called a shielding letter and there are groups of patients who are being advised to stay home for 12 weeks.

Below are two links that give more information including who will be asked to shield:-

CMO letter to extremely vulnerable people: support explained

Information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

The list was drawn up at a UK wide level on the basis of expert clinical advice. There is also a broader group of people who are felt to be at risk and who are being advised to implement stringent social distancing in line with the guidance.

I know there has been some concerns about the position in relation to shielding for people with MND. They are not included in the ‘shielded group’ who have received letters from the CMO. They are however included with the broader at risk groups of patients who are advised to follow stringent social distancing. This is the same position in England and in Scotland. In Northern Ireland, patients with MND are on the shielded list.

However, it is important to recognise that GPs do have the discretion to add further patients who, in their clinical judgement, should be shielding at home. GPs have been sent guidance on what to do if a patient or their consultant feels that they should be shielded.