We are aware that the NHS has sent text messages or letters to some patients advising them to "shield" during the pandemic. People falling into this extremely vulnerable group include:

Solid organ transplant recipients

People with specific cancers:

  • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
  • people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
  • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
  • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
  • people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
  • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs

People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.

People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).

People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.

Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.

 

If you should shield during the pandemic then it's important that you stay at home. You will need support from family, friends or neighbours. 

 

 

For anyone struggling with support needs (even without a shielding letter) the council has set up a Community Response Hub as part of Northumberland Communities Together.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01670 620015 between 9am to 6pm, seven days a week.

 

Onecall - If you are worried about the immediate welfare of a child or adult please use OneCall 01670 536400 - open 24/7, 365 days a year