After 7 weeks of social distancing I receive a letter today telling me I’m vulnerable and need to stay in till the end of June. I have asthma and copd, both mild and I’m confused as to why I get this letter now. I rang my surgery and was told, by the receptionist, that it’s probably because of the type of inhalers I’m on that’s flagged me up. Has anyone else just got this letter?
Letter to shield : After 7 weeks of... - British Lung Foun...
Surely you mean government donkeys in the food box. I have NEVER had nor have I ever been OFFERED a food box - thank goodness!!!
ps: I have 30 cans of lager in the car boot which I am unable, because of severe COPD, to carry into the house. So, if any of you want to hop on a plane to N.Ireland and carry them in for me I would be eternally (well, for a while anyway) grateful
No donkeys in any form in the food boxes just huge amounts of tomato soup,baked beans and dried pasta.I hope you are able to access some support in N Ireland.
There are a few on here who would gladly help you consume your lager but like you ,I fear would also struggle to carry it.
Maybe back the car up to an open window and lean out and get one as needed xx
You don’t have to shield, it’s not compulsory. The NHS did say they were being very cautious & some people would be surprised to be included. It’s up to you. If you work, the letter operates as a sick certificate for your employer (section 5, Support with Daily Living”). It also means you can get priority slots for online shopping
Nanales,because you previously where undergoing treatment for cancer and also that your inhalers may contain corticosteroids you now appear to have been badged within the vulnerable group,don't be alarmed as records are continually being updated but it is advisory and you are not compelled to follow the guidelines though for the time being a degree of shielding just makes good common sense for you.
Best wishes Ski's and Scruff's
I’m on Trimbow with salbutamol if needed , which I hardly ever use. I have never had an exacerbation and no chest infections for a good few years. If I had got the letter in March I could have understood it, but to just receive it now seems like an afterthought at my doctors. I’ve been social distancing and keeping to all the so called rules so I haven’t put myself in harms way.
Hi some people with mild copd have had letters but usually have other conditions or past serious ones or cancer treatments etc that bump their points up. I think I got a letter more to do with my ischemic heart disease ( past heart attack) rather than my moderate copd. But of course you still need to take great care especially if your prone to picking up infections. I will be staying home letter or not until it’s safer.
Yes, I got a letter, back in March saying I had to stay in until 27th, of June. I have asthma and got some sort of virus two years ago and my health deteriorated quite fast. The practice nurse said she thought it had crossed to COPD. During this time I was referred to a specialist who after various tests said it was chronic asthma. Then I got a lot better and now have no problems except going up steep hills or steps. They left me on the same medication. I was reading the NHS website and it had two high risk categories high and very high risk. From the description I should be high as I don't have COPD and my asthma is not severe. Only very high got letters. Don't know how they work out who does and doesn't get letters. While acknowledging that I would not have much chance if I got the covid 19 virus, I don't think I should have got the letter. There are people I know in much poorer health who have not received one. It seems to be a bit of a lottery. After June 27th I anticipate being told to stay in for another three months and I don't think I can stand it. I live in a small island and all my family and friends live on the mainland. I find it confusing as the specialist told me to keep up my fitness level. The nurse, who originally thought I had COPD phoned me to see how I was doing. I told her that I was cycling every day for exercise and she said that was good. She didn't say you are meant to stay in. Our island is so quiet that at the moment I can cycle round it and see no one. I think they are all trying hard to keep e eryone safe but the blanket letter is confusing. Mine advised me to stay in for 12 weeks. Then I got another letter offering free food, that I didn't need. In this letter it said "you will have received a previous letter saying you must stay at home for 12 weeks" there was no must in it.
What you were told makes sense, perhaps it's because they never changed my inhalers when I got better that I got the letter.
This should be the link relating to the new guidance which includes shielding which seems to work if you follow it through. Hope it helps.
Nanales, I have mild chronic asthma and hay fever. I have had no communication from GP or the NHS. As I understand, from Asthma UK advice, there are three criteria before you are deemed vulnerable enough to advise shielding 1. You have asthma, 2. You are on one of a range of inhalers including prevention inhalers. 3. You take oral steroids.
I fit the first two criteria but don’t take oral steroids. I think that’s why I haven’t been contacted.
If you have got that letter now, at least you can benefit from priority shopping slots/deliveries. That would be very useful. I can’t bear going into shops because despite my rating as ‘not vulnerable’ I feel vulnerable and worried. Use the advantages of your new status and just carry on being sensible.