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HIGH RISK AND VULNERABLE PATIENTS -
The list of patients in need of shielding support is not an opt in process. The NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) has used existing databases to determine patients identified as at high clinical risk. The definition for high clinical risk has been agreed by all four Chief Medical Officers across the United Kingdom. The full list of conditions agreed as in need of shielding support are;
1. Solid organ transplant recipients
2. People with specific cancers
a. People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
b. People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment.
c. People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
d. People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
e. People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD
4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell)
5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
6. People who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
If you fall within these groups and have not received any correspondence from the Scottish Government, you are advised to contact your GP direct.
We are aware that there will be other residents who may need assistance but who are not included in the Shielding scheme.
So the council has set up a new helpline which is available for individuals living in South Lanarkshire who are self-isolating/vulnerable and whose usual support network is no longer available.
The South Lanarkshire Community Wellbeing helpline can be called on 0303 123 1009.
The helpline is available 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday for South Lanarkshire residents who have been advised to stay at home for medical reasons and have no one else to help them. This could be because:
You have received a letter from the Scottish Government Chief Medical Officer advising you to stay at home for up to 12 weeks
You are over 70 years old
You have a long-term health condition including a learning disability
You are pregnant
You have a weakened immune system and receive the flu jab for specific medical reasons
If you are in one of these groups, or otherwise have been advised to self-isolate but have no support, or if you are worried about someone else who may need help, you can call the Community Wellbeing helpline.
Possible assistance includes access to food and help collecting prescription medicines. We may also be able to simply check that you, or someone you are worried about are okay, or arrange for telephone befrienders to make regular contact.
If you have any questions about South Lanarkshire Council’s Community Wellbeing helpline please email email@example.com.
As of Tuesday 14 April a national helpline number 0800 111 4000 has also been in operation (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) for those who are not part of the Scottish Government Shielding scheme but who may be at high risk from COVID-19.
Scottish Welfare Fund
Before making a call please consider if your enquiry may be better directed towards the Scottish Welfare Fund, which is available to help people who are on benefits or low income and are having difficulty because of an exceptional situation. For more information and how to apply, see our Crisis grants page.
If you are experiencing financial difficulties, then you may also want to visit our Benefits and money advice page.
South Lanarkshire Council
Tel: 0303 123 1009
Helpline hours: Monday to Thursday, 08:45 to 16:45
Friday, 08:45 to 16:15
Saturday and Sunday, 08:45 to 16:45