Highest risk group
Some groups of people are at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus.
If you are in this group you will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer. Contact your GP or specialist care provider, if you fall into one of these groups and have not received a letter.
|Grouping||How would I know if I am in this group?|
|Solid organ transplant recipients||
People who have had a transplant of heart, lung, stomach or other part of intestine, liver and kidney. This is because of the medication taken to stop rejection of the transplanted organ.
|People with specific cancers||
|People with severe respiratory conditions||
|People with rare diseases including all forms if interstitial lung disease / sarcoidosis||
This includes inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections. For example, SCID and homozygous sickle cell disease.
There are many conditions classed as a rare disease. Not everyone with a rare disease will be in the shielding group
Your clinician will know if you should be in the highest risk group and will add you to the list if needed. Once added you will receive a letter.
|People on immunosuppression therapies that significantly increase risk of infection. Or people who have had their spleens removed||
Immunosuppressive therapy helps to stop rejection of a bone marrow or organ transplant. It can also treat conditions in which the immune system is overactive. For example, autoimmune diseases and allergies.
In some cases these treatments may put people into the shielding group. Your clinician can determine if your medications put you in this group.
|People who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired||If you are being followed up by a specialist heart clinic during your pregnancy.|
People who are receiving renal dialysis treatment
People receiving and people starting renal dialysis.
How we identified people
Clinicians helped us identify the people who need to be on the shielding list. This might be someone who does not have one of the conditions listed above.
Not everyone who has an annual flu vaccine for medical reasons will receive a letter.
How we are using your data
To identify people, we have used GP practice, local health board or national data. This is so we could write to you. All data is securely stored. This information has been shared appropriately within the NHS in Scotland. It did not include medical records.
We notify GPs and health boards about who is on the list. This is so that they can provide further advice to their patients.
When we were asking people to shield, we shared only contact details with local authorities and our partner retailers. This allowed them to provide support to help people access groceries and medication.
We will keep your contact details in case we need to contact you again. This action is only taken due to the current coronavirus outbreak. No details of medical conditions or health records are being shared. You can request to be removed from the list by asking your GP or specialist care provider.