Shielding Patient List Information

NHS England has generated a list of very vulnerable patients who need to be ‘shielded’ due to Covid-19. They have generated this list from hospital, GP and maternity data, this list is updated weekly.

Many patients are at higher risk of complications from Covid-19 infection due to underlying health conditions and should be following social distancing guidelines outlined by the Government, but not all high risk patients are on the government’s, very high risk ‘Shielding Patients List’.

If you think you have a condition which makes you extremely vulnerable or have received a letter from NHS England you are strongly advised to shield yourself, to reduce the chance of getting coronavirus (COVID-19) and follow the face-to-face distancing measures below.

shielding patient list information


The measures for the next 12 weeks are:

  • Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
  • Do not leave your house.
  • Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces, for example, family homes, weddings and religious services.
  • Do not go out for shopping, leisure or travel and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact.
  • Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  • Visits from people who provide essential support to you such as healthcare, personal support with your daily needs or social care should continue, but carers and care workers must stay away if they have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • If you think you have developed symptoms of COVID-19 such as a new, continuous cough or fever, seek clinical advice using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111. Do this as soon as you get symptoms.
  • If you have someone else living with you, they are not required to adopt these protective shielding measures for themselves. They should do what they can to support you in shielding and they should stringently follow guidance on social distancing, reducing their contact outside the home. If you care for but don’t actually live with someone who is extremely vulnerable, you should still stringently follow guidance on social distancing.

If you have not received a letter but think you are vulnerable and fall into the ‘Shielded Patient List’ please go to the GOV.UK website and look under; Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19


This list includes:

  • Organ transplant recipients.
  • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy, radiotherapy or immunosuppressant treatment
  • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
  • People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma, severe COPD and Bronchiectasis.
  • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  • Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease.

If you are unsure despite looking at the GOV.UK website  you can contact your consultant at the RD&E or email or send an eConsult to your GP to discuss this further.

If you need help with your daily needs, while shielding, that family, friends or neighbours cannot offer, you can register for help here or call East Devon District Council Support Hub on 01395 571500