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Shielding

Shielding

Shielding is a range of measures that can be taken to protect people who are most at risk of severe illness from coming into contact with Coronavirus (COVID-19) by minimising all interaction between them and others.

If this applies to you, you should have received a letter from the Chief Medical Officer and will be asked to stay at home for 12 weeks and minimise non-essential contact with the other people in your household.

You can find out full details of shielding and what precautions you and your family should take on the NHS Inform website.

Who is in the 'shielded' group?

This group includes people who:

  • have had solid organ transplants
  • have cancer and are receiving active chemotherapy
  • have lung cancer and are either receiving or previously received radical radiotherapy
  • have cancers of the blood or bone marrow, such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
  • are receiving immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
  • are receiving other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibiotors
  • have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • have severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma and severe COPD
  • have rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections such as SCID and homozygous sickle cell
  • are receiving immunosuppression therapies that significantly increase risk of infection
  • are pregnant with significant heart disease (congenital or acquired)

Our Support

We understand that if you have received a letter, you may be feeling anxious or worried about what this will mean for the practical aspects of your daily life from things like getting food, getting your prescription, making sure you have enough money or your general wellbeing.

We have set up a special team to assist those who will need help getting access to food, medicines/prescriptions and other essential services. This will be prioritised for people who have no other support.

We want to be aware of anyone in Clackmannanshire who is in the Shielding group. If you think that you, or a family member or friend should be shielded, you can contact our support team in the following way:

Financial Assistance

If you've been financially affected by Coronavirus, you can find out ways to get help and assistance.

Privacy Notice

We may need to share some personal information with third parties who are helping us to deliver support. See our privacy notice.