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Deadline for GPs to review self-identified shielded patients extended to next week

The deadline for GPs to review patients who have self-identified as being at high clinical risk from coronavirus (Covid-19) has been extended from today to 28 April, NHS England has confirmed.

This comes as GPs have commented that they have not received the lists yet.

Practices were originally asked to review all patients who had self-identified as requiring shielding via the Government website by today, after they had been told the names of these patients ‘on or around 17 April’, in an alert sent to GPs earlier this month.

But today NHS England medical director for primary care confirmed to Pulse that the deadline has been extended to 28 April.

The NHS England alert said: 'Once you receive the list, please review these individuals, determine their appropriate Covid-19 risk category and flag them as high, medium or low risk as appropriate.

'For any of these patients you flag as high risk, you will need to send them a copy of the patient letter giving advice on shielding.'

However, Dr Kanani added in a live webinar last week that only a small number of patients would need to be reviewed.

She said: 'They will be fewer in number because most of those patients you will already have found through your original searches or through the searches your system suppliers constructed. I envisage that at about a 10,000 practice list to be about 20 patients at the very most.'

It comes as Dr Kanani apologised to GPs for NHS England's handling of the shielded patient list amid criticism over tight deadlines and delays to the checking process.

Meanwhile, GPs in Wales were left fielding calls last week after 13,000  shielding letters were sent to the wrong addresses.

Readers' comments (8)

  • It'll be interesting to see what percentage self-identify their Chronic Fatigue etc as putting them in the highest risk category and so unable to leave the house...

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  • Why not to ask Gps to do some shopping for these self-identified shielded patients who cannot come to surgery,some more voluntary work will not do any harm to Gps, as they have a plenty of time during pandemic.. let's occupy GPs ..

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  • It's really kind of them to put back the deadline, given that they haven't actually been able to provide the list to work from.

    I was about to dust off my time machine.

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  • Terribly sorry NHSE. My latest deadline for doing these reviews was today - you've missed it. Time's up. Another fail, sadly. Back to you. Do the decent thing; clear up your own mess for a change.

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  • Ok Dr Kanani, I suspect you’ll be issuing yet another “apology” to grassroots GPs soon. Not checked our figures yet but, I’ve heard of a practice with 10500 list size with 368 pts already self declaring they are at risk. This is 20 times what you predicted. Are you actually a working doctor? What a mess from your end ( putting that politely), we’re spending vast amounts of time going through already out of date lists, given impossible deadlines the day before good Friday for Easter Monday, reassurances that yet another list we have to go through is tiny when it is obviously not, and on top of all this still expected to carry on providing clinical care to our patients, including a fair few pts identified centrally who shouldn’t be on the list in the first place. Why should we be rectifying your mistakes?

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  • The patients who have self identified as high risk will be ecstatic to be advised they are not so can't then access the Magic Supermarket Delivery Tree.

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  • It’s very hard for people to get a supermarket delivery slot. There are over 2M with one of these letters. With that many with letters, Without one there is little hope of ever getting a delivery slot especially from waitrose.
    Only 20 people self declaring as high risk per 10000. What kind of out of touch with reality guesstimate is that?

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