COVID-19 Advice for Oral Medicine Departments


Faculty of Dental Surgeons, COVID-19 information hub

NICE – Rapid Guidelines & Evidence Summaries

NICE – Infection Prevention & Control

Managing patients on immunosuppressant therapy

We are aware that members of BISOM are receiving enquiries relating to patients taking immunosuppressant therapy and the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus) infection. BISOM advises members to refer to the guidance provided by our affiliated medical specialties, this includes advice on which patients should practice shielding:

The British Society for Rheumatology

The British Association of Dermatologists

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has released documentation from NHS England to assist in notifying patients at high risk who should practice shielding. Whilst the 4 UK nations have agreed this approach, the logistics and letters for the devolved administrations have not been finalised and further information will follow on these.

Explanatory email from AoMRC

NHS England Letter – Caring for people at highest risk during COVID-19 Incident

Letter to patient from secondary care clinicians who require shielding

Patient resources link to patients to register for support as an extremely vulnerable person

BISOM will continue to monitor this evolving situation and issue further advice if necessary.


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