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Out of Hospital COVID Treatment and Eligibility

Certain groups of patients can potentially have monoclonal antibody OR anti-viral treatment out of hospital if they test positive for COVID-19 and fit the criteria. The aim of which is to reduce the need for hospital admission.

Non-hospitalised patients are eligible for treatment if:

  • SARS-CoV-2 infection is confirmed by either: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing OR Lateral flow test (registered via gov.uk or NHS 119)  AND
  • Symptomatic with COVID-19 and showing no signs of clinical recovery AND
  • The patient is a member of a ‘highest’ risk group

The ‘highest’ risk group includes those with inflammatory conditions that fit the criteria below:

  • Treated with rituximab or other B cell depleting therapy in the last 12 months
  • Active/unstable disease on steroids, cyclophosphamide, tacrolimus, cyclosporin or mycophenolate.
  • Stable disease on either steroids, cyclophosphamide, tacrolimus, cyclosporin or mycophenolate.
  • Patients with active/unstable disease including those on biologic therapy

Patients on Methotrexate, sulfasalazine or hydroxychloroquine, either alone are in combination, are not eligible unless also on biologic therapy.

To receive a rapid PCR test pack which includes instructions on how to access these treatments, please call 119.

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Royal College of Nursing members at our Trust are taking part in strike action Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February from 7.00am to 8.00pm. This will impact services at our hospitals.

If you are due to attend an appointment and we haven't already contacted you, please come as planned.

On days where there is strike action, patients should only call 999 if it is a medical or mental health emergency (when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk).