On Feb 17th I was quite shocked to receive a shielding letter. I queried this with my GP surgery. The first GP I spoke to said it was a clear mistake and they would get it reversed and to ring a week later to check that had happened, which I did. Five days later I received a letter saying on balance AF is now a significant risk factor and I should shield. I don’t have any other clinical issues which would raise my risk.
I have PAF and although I have pretty much exhausted my cardioversion options, I still have only been in AF for under 24 hours in the last 4 years. When I am in sinus rhythm I don’t have symptoms but am on 200mg flecainide a day.
I am fighting this because I have just got a short term contract which I will lose if the shielding letter stands - despite the fact the shield is advisory not compulsory
So, if I may ask, in the UK, are we all shielded?