Commissioners are working with local providers to plan and implement the reintroduction of services, taking all guidelines and local needs into consideration.
As you may appreciate, this means that there are potentially changes on a regular basis and so we would suggest that for the most up to date information on the individual service offers and how to access services then to refer to the following websites.
Shielding Update: Information for Parents/ Carers
On the 8th July 2020 the Government released their latest guidance concerning patients that are currently on the Shielded Patients List (SPL).
In summary, the updated guidance confirms that the majority of children and young people currently considered clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 will be able to be removed from the SPL following consultation with their specialist clinician or GP.
Children who are currently on the shielded patient list (SPL) are advised they should not return to school or nursery before the 31 July but work will be undertaken over the coming weeks to review the SPL ahead of the new school term.
This will mean that all children and young people currently identified as clinically extremely vulnerable should now be reviewed and, where appropriate, removed from the SPL.
Local Health Services have been asked to review all CYP known to them on the SPL and discuss with the child’s parent/ carer.
In line with the guidance, if your child is on the SPL then you can expect to be contacted either by your Specialist Consultant (if you have one) or your GP (if you are not under active care of a Specialist Consultant/ Team) to discuss whether your child is still considered clinically extremely vulnerable. Families, carers and young people do not need to make immediate contact.
Specialists in paediatric medicine have reviewed the evidence on the level of risk posed to children and young people from COVID-19. This latest evidence indicates that the risk of serious illness for most children and young people is low. Only a small group of children who receive specialist care in hospitals are likely to still be considered clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus, and potentially advised to shield again in future. For example children and young people receiving cancer care or those at risk of severe infection due to an immunodeficiency.
Most children and young people who were initially identified as being clinically extremely vulnerable, in particular those who are cared for just by their GP, are unlikely to need to remain on the SPL. This includes children with conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and kidney disease.
For further information please await contact from your Specialist Consultant/ Team or GP.
However, if your child is on the shielded patients list and you have not received contact ahead of the start of the Summer Term then please contact your GP.