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At-risk groups to receive free winter supply of vitamin D

Some of our clinically vulnerable patients may have received a letter offering vitamin D. This letter has not been sent by the practice and this medication will not be prescribed by the practice. If you wish to sign up for the service you need to follow the link to sign up, or ask someone to sign up on your behalf if internet access is an issue.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/get-vitamin-d-supplements/

More than 2.5 million vulnerable people across England will be offered free vitamin D supplements for the winter, the government has announced today (Saturday 28 November).

All care homes will automatically receive a provision for their residents, while individuals on the clinically extremely vulnerable list will receive a letter inviting them to opt in for a supply to be delivered directly to their homes. Deliveries will be free of charge, starting in January, and will provide 4 months’ worth of supplements to last people through the winter months.

The supplements will support general health, in particular bone and muscle health. This is particularly important this year as these individuals are more likely to have been indoors for extended periods due to measures introduced to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Evidence of the link of vitamin D to COVID-19 is still being researched with larger scale trials needed. In the meantime, the Secretary of State has asked the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE) to re-review the existing evidence. The government will publish its findings towards the end of the year.

For further information about the benefits of taking Vitamin D please follow the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vitamin-d-supplements-how-to-take-them-safely/vitamin-d-supplements-how-to-take-them-safely

There is no need to contact the Practice unless you wish to discuss this further with your GP. You can book a routine online telephone appointment through the website or by contacting the practice on 01388 528555.