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Patients who are most at risk of severe complications from COVID-19 have been asked to ‘shield’ themselves. This means that they should stay at home and avoid face-to-face contact with anyone from outside of their household. In addition, members of their household are advised to stringently follow social distancing rules.
GP practices have a key role in supporting patients who are shielding during the COVID-19 pandemic. An article in GPonline highlights the latest government guidance (updated 29 April), including how to register for support for food and medicines delivery, and how GPs can refer patients for assistance: