IMPORTANT COVID VACCINE INFORMATION
New Covid Community Treatment for Covid-19 patient who are Highly Vulnerable
A new Covid-19 Medicine Delivery Unit Centre is now provided by Barts Health providing community treatment to a cohort of patients with Covid-19. Barts Health NHS Trust will be offering neutralising monoclonal antibody (nMAb) treatment to people with Covid-19 at Mile End Hospital
Q: What is neutralising monoclonal antibody (nMAb) treatment?
A: Neutralizing monoclonal antibody treatment (nMAb) is a drug used to treat Covid19. It working by stopping Covid-19 virus particles from entering the respiratory system.
Data has shown that nMAb may help people recover faster from Covid-19, and reduce the likelihood of a person needing to be admitted to hospital with the virus.
Q: Who is eligible to have this treatment?
A: The nMAb treatment will be offered to patients who:
- are 18 years of age and above and
- are confirmed as Covid-19 positive on a PCR test and
- have onset of symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 7 days AND
- considered part of the ‘highest’ risk group including people with:
- Down’s syndrome
- A rare condition affecting the brain or nerves (including multiple sclerosis, motor neurons disease, Huntington’s disease or myasthenia gravis)
- Sickle cell disease
- Certain types of cancer
- HIV or AIDS
- A severe liver condition (such as cirrhosis)
- Chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 5
- Had an organ, bone marrow of stem cell transplant recently
- A condition or treatment that makes someone more likely to gene infections
- Had chemotherapy grade B and C in the last 12 months
- Had radiotherapy in the last 6 months
Patients are not eligible for nMAb treatment in the community if they meet any of the following:
- Require hospitalization for Covid-19
- Require supplemental oxygen
- Are a child weighing less than 40kg
- Are a child aged under 12 years
Q: How will patients know they are eligible for the treatment? / How will patients who are eligible be contacted to book their appointment?
A: Patients who may be eligible for nMAb treatment will be sent a letter by the NHS informing them that this is the case. They will also be sent a PCR to their home to have on-hand should they develop symptoms.
If these people develop symptoms, they should do a PCR test. If it comes back as positive, they will be contacted either by the 111 service to let them know they may be eligible to receive the nMAb treatment.
Their information will then be securely passed on to a team of medical professionals who will assess if nMAb treatment is suitable for them. This assessment will include: a review of their medical history and an assessment of their suitability for nMAb treatment.
If a patient who is eligible for nMAb treatment lives in north east London and falls within the area of the North East London (NEL) Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), they will be referred to the Bart’s Health NHS Trust Covid-19 Medicine Delivery Unit (CMDU) at Beaumont House in Mile End.
Accepted referrals will be booked into clinic for their treatment, with transport provided by the service to and from the appointment.
If you think you may meet the eligibility criteria for treatment but have not been contacted by treatment centre or 111, please contact your GP to refer you if you meet the eligibility criteria.
Q: How long does it take to have the treatment?
A: Neutralising monoclonal antibody treatment (nMAb) lasts for up to two hours. The infusion takes between 30 minutes and one hour, followed by one hour of observation.
Q: How often do I have to have it?
A: You only have to have nMAb treatment once, when you have been diagnosed with Covid-19. You should have the treatment within 72 hours of a positive PCR test.
Any patients that have had the Covid vaccitions taken outside the country, willl not be able to be provided with a covid pass. However you will be able to access the verification of your injecion through our Patient Acess app Patient Access - GP appointments & prescriptions online or the NHS app NHS App - NHS (www.nhs.uk).
Support with self-isolation
Hackney Council and City of London Corporation are running an 8-week pilot project at Pembury and Woodberry Down estates in Hackney and Mansell Street, Middlesex Street and Golden Lane estates in the City in July and August. The project aims to better support residents who need to self-isolate for 10 days and who struggle to do so. Any household in one of the pilot areas where a positive case is found can access the support.
Follow the link for more info:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oLB-aCmXrEi51M_1RSk4WAHP0y1_KElC/view
Call the Covid-19 Helpline on 020 8356 3111, and select option 3. The line will be open Mon-Fri from 9-5 and Sat-Sun from 9.30-6.
If you need to self-isolate and need an isolation note for your employers, please follow the link:
https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/. (%20https:/111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/. ) We will NOT be providing sick notes for isolating.
You can register for the NHS APP https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/) via your APP store and order your repeat prescription.
As ever we will continue to provide as much information as we can, as soon as we can via our website and text message service.
Thank you again for your support in these unprecedented times and we wish all of our patients well.
Kind regards,Mercedes O'Garro ( Practice Manager)