Outreach Coronavirus information

COVID-19 Pandemic

You are in the group of people who the government advises to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. This is because you are aged 70 or older, or your disorder falls within the category “people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment” who should undergo social distancing even if the person is under 70 years old.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

1) Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;

2) Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible;

3) Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information;

4) Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs

5) Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.

6) Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic. This advice is likely to be in place for some time.

During the COVID-19 pandemic we are continuing to send out packs for monitoring your blood disorder but there is usually no urgency to have the blood samples taken. In most cases it would be better to wait until after the pandemic is over. We will contact you if we know a sample is urgent. If the previous report indicated that an early repeat was required, please contact us to check whether you need to get the samples taken.

If you have any questions, you can contact us by email on victoria.martin4@nhs.net or andy.rawstron@nhs.net, or call on 0113 206 7851 and ask to speak to Vicky or Andy but please note that we are experiencing a lot of calls at the moment. We will aim to provide online updates on http://hmds.info/outreach-coronavirus-information over the next few days.

We want to reassure you that doctors & nurses are doing all they can to ensure that they can continue your care & treatment safely. For the latest NHS information go to

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Further support may also be available through https://www.myeloma.org.uk (for MGUS patients), https://www.cllsupport.org.uk (for MBL/CLL patients), or https://www.macmillan.org.uk (general advice)

Updated: 17-March-2020.