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Coronavirus: Medical Treatments

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL654, tabled on 6 June 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what data they hold on the patients who are eligible to receive emergency COVID treatments; and if they do not hold any, how they plan to ensure this is collated so patients know in advance of their eligibility and can be told which COVID Medicines Delivery Unit they will be dealing with.

Answered on

21 June 2022

In England, approximately 1.8 million individuals are potentially eligible under the clinical access policy for new treatments to reduce the risk of deterioration or hospitalisation from COVID-19 infection. NHS Digital has identified patients classed as eligible through a coding match against patient records.

Eligible patients have been notified by email or by letter and advised that if they register a positive COVID-19 test, they will be contacted by the local COVID Medicine Delivery Unit (CMDU) to triage and assess for treatment suitability. If patients are not contacted within 24 hours or are not digitally identifiable by NHS Digital, they should seek advice from their general practitioner or NHS 111 for a referral to a CMDU.