Background & Context

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic the NHS undertook to contact all extremely vulnerable patients who were considered to be at additional risk from COVID-19. These ‘shielded’ patients have been contacted via letter and advised to remain in self-isolation for 12 weeks.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Shielded Patients List

The NHS developed the ‘shielded patients list’ (formerly known as the vulnerable patient list) from which a dataset of SNOMED codes was created and was used to identify patients.

The shielded patients list is under frequent review. As COVID-19 and its impact on patients with specific characteristics is further understood, the list is updated.


External Resources

Date Published Article Format Author(s)
Frequently updated NHSD Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielded patients list Website NHSD
21 March 2020 NHS England and NHS Improvement Caring for people at highest risk during COVID-19 incident Letter Ruth May and Professor Stephen Powis
Reviewed 30 March 2020 GOV.UK Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 Webpage Public Health England
March 2020 NHS England At risk patient letter Template letter NHS England

Page last reviewed: 6 April 2020
Next review due: 6 July 2020
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