Since 2 November 2020, GPs have been supporting efforts to add adults with Down’s syndrome to the Shielded Patient List (SPL), so that they receive the right advice and support from the Government. This is increasingly urgent now a COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out. Significant progress has been made however there remain many people left to be added. Therefore, CMO has decided that NHS Digital will from now on run the weekly SPL algorithm to include a search for adults with Down’s syndrome.
Patients identified in this way will be sent an easy read letter in the w/c 14 November which will be made available. GPs may want to discuss this with affected patients. GPs can remove patients from the SPL at their discretion via the usual process. Please also continue to identify and contact people considered clinically extremely vulnerable, including adults with Down’s syndrome, where they have not already been identified and added to the SPL. Thank you for your efforts in maintaining the accuracy of the SPL and ensuring those at highest risk receive the correct advice and support.