Shielding and other Advice

Important update for those shielding - Government announcement - 7 January 2021

Everyone in England, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, is required to follow the new national lockdown guidance, which has been set out by the government and applies to the whole population.
The new information includes additional guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people, to help protect you from COVID-19. The government has written to those patients who were previously advised to shield during previous peaks of the pandemic. For further information click here. 
These new formal shielding measures will apply across the whole of England during the period of national lockdown.  In addition to adhering to general advice that applies to the whole population, you should:
  • Stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend essential health appointments;
  • Work from home. If you cannot work from home, you should not attend work for this period of restrictions;
  • Try to stay 2 metres away from other people within your household, especially if they display symptoms of the virus or have been advised to self-isolate;
  • Avoid all non-essential travel by private or public transport. This includes not travelling to work, school or the shops. You should still travel to hospital and GP appointments unless told otherwise by your doctor;
  • Not to go to a pharmacy. Ask a friend, family member, carer or a volunteer (for example, one of the NHS Volunteer Responders) to collect your medicines for you.
Patients can contact their own GP or specialist if they require advice about their individual circumstances.
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The clinically extremely vulnerable will get priority access to vaccination against COVID-19 before the general population and in line with the priority ordering set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). You will be contacted again by the NHS with more information on when and how you will be invited to get the vaccine.

Community blood clinics

For patients who are shielding and routinely require access to phlebotomy services, because their conditions, or the treatments they receive, require rigorous monitoring we have set up 5 clinics in community locations.These are in Nuneaton, Atherstone, Rugby, Warwick and Coventry, and your consultant will refer to these clinics.

Blood clinics across Coventry and Warwickshire

All our blood clinics are now operating on an appointment only basis. UHCW patients (and family members and carers on a patients behalf) will be asked to make an appointment via the new Swiftqueue booking system at

Blood tests will be a booked service only. Any patients who do not have access to a computer can use a telephone booking line 024 7615 3546 - please note the line has limited capacity so is only for those without internet.

If you're at a higher risk from coronavirus, you can get help from an NHS volunteer with things like getting food, medicines and other things you need.

Call 0808 196 3646 (open 8am to 8pm) to get help from NHS Volunteer Responders.