Shielded Patients Update

Clinically extremely vulnerable patients in Blackburn with Darwen who are currently on the Shielded Patient List are being sent letters and text messages by the Government to advise them that they need to continue staying at home until further notice.  This may affect your colleagues, staff, friends or family members.

Coronavirus levels in this area continue to remain higher than in the rest of the country and shielding guidance in Blackburn with Darwen will not be relaxed further from 1 August as per the national guidance. Those patients who have been assessed as being clinically extremely vulnerable are strongly advised, until 17 August, to continue to shield by staying at home as much as possible and keeping visits outside to a minimum.

Professor Dominic Harrison, Director of Public Health at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said:

“I want to thank all our communities who are supporting our efforts to get this virus under control. The measures we have introduced are making an impact and we are headed in the right direction but we are continuing to analyse the data and will do everything necessary to stem the rising tide and protect our most vulnerable residents.  To support our actions, the government announced that further easing measures are being postponed including the advice for people who have been shielding. We need to keep up the momentum with our strong prevention work so we agree its sensible not to relax the easing of restrictions.  I appreciate this will not be welcome news for people who have been shielding and were looking forward to start getting back to some semblance of normality. It’s frustrating but I hope those affected will understand that it’s important to follow the advice as it is there to help protect themselves.”

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