New coronavirus data has highlighted the Lincolnshire districts with the highest number of vulnerable or ‘shielded’ residents.
Some 42,975 people in Greater Lincolnshire have been identified on the NHS Shielded Patient List, meaning heath conditions put them at high risk of complications if they contract the virus.
Those on the list received government letters instructing them to isolate for 12 weeks. They also receive extra help in the community to access essentials and medicine.
South Kesteven was the district with the highest number of shielded residents. Lincoln was the lowest:
- South Kesteven – 6,620
- North Lincolnshire – 6,485
- North East Lincolnshire – 6,320
- East Lindsey – 5,875
- North Kesteven – 5,170
- West Lindsey – 3,485
- South Holland – 3,270
- Boston – 3,025
- Lincoln – 2,725
The anonymous summary data was extracted by NHS Digital as at May 15, 2020.
The list includes all patients that have been identified by GPs and hospital doctors and those identified using a clinical algorithm. However, all patients who specifically asked to be taken off the list have been removed.
There are 2,213,950 living patients on the Shielded Patient List resident in England, but the data also includes a break down by local authority, gender and age.
The data will be updated weekly – click here to access the full report.
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