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How delays have hampered GPs’ efforts to assess patients at high risk from Covid-19


Our software update to start identifying and recoding patients on/not-on shield list came day after supposed deadline. We started work day after and have steadily worked through, contacting firstly all who were on the list to check they had received their NHS letter, then to tell patients if should not have been on list. For those patients repeatedly not at home on trying to phone (hopefully they are staying with a relative rather than spending their days at work or doing daily shopping) we have sent letters. So process taken what? 4 weeks into 12 weeks supposed start of shielding when this all had been in discussion for some weeks before the lock-down came into force.

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01 May 2020

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