Treatments for coronavirus (Covid-19)

Treatments for coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you are at the highest risk of becoming seriously ill from coronavirus (Covid-19), there may be treatments available to you. These include a neutralising monoclonal antibody (nMAB) or antiviral treatment.

Detailed information can be found here: http://www.nhs.uk/CoronavirusTreatments

Who can have a Covid-19 treatment

You’re eligible for Covid-19 treatments if all of the following apply:

  • you are aged 12 or over
  • you are at highest risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19
  • you have symptoms of Covid-19
  • you have tested positive for Covid-19

A doctor or specialist will confirm if you are eligible for treatment.

How do I receive this treatment in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire?

As part of the roll-out of Covid-19 treatments, known eligible patients may have received a letter from the NHS along with an initial supply of lateral flow tests.

Patients who were not identified in this initial phase may have received a separate letter from a consultant.

Anyone who does not receive their test kit, or needs further test kits, should order them via https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or by calling 119.

It is essential that patients report their test results, both negative and positive, to www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or 119 to assist in digital identification, timely access to treatment and wider surveillance. Results of privately bought tests cannot be registered.

The Covid medicine delivery service will contact you within 24 hours of receipt of your result. If you haven’t heard from the service then please contact either your GP practice or NHS 111 or specialist hospital clinician.

When will I get access to the treatment?

  • Adults aged 18 and over:

If you are eligible for treatment, a designated GP practice will arrange for you to come in for an infusion or a course of antivirals will be sent to you. Please note that the designated GP practice may not be your usual practice.

This service is available to adults during normal GP practice hours from Monday to Friday and again on Saturday mornings. Adult referrals received on a Saturday afternoon or on Sunday will be processed on Monday morning. You should contact your normal GP if you haven’t heard anything by Monday afternoon.

  • Children aged 12-17:

Children aged 12-17 years old will have their assessment, medication prescribed and infusion at a designated hospital site if you are eligible for treatment.

Referrals received on a Saturday afternoon or on Sunday will be processed on Monday morning. You should contact your normal GP if you haven’t heard anything by Monday afternoon.

What if I am not eligible for treatment?

People who aren’t eligible for treatment will be informed of this and offered remote monitoring through Healthier Together @ Home where appropriate.