New COVID-19 treatments reduce risk of more serious illness for people in Lanarkshire

People in Lanarkshire with COVID-19 who have certain medical conditions are being offered new treatments to help manage symptoms and reduce serious illness.

A number of eligible patients in Lanarkshire have received letters from the Scottish Government informing them that due to conditions they have, they may be eligible to receive one of the new treatments available for COVID-19.

A full list of high-risk patient groups prioritized for treatment can be found on the NHS Inform website.

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In order to receive these treatments, the person must also have a positive PCR or lateral flow test for COVID-19 and have symptoms of COVID-19 that began within the last five days.

There are two types of treatment available to help control the symptoms of COVID-19.

Eligible patients are seen by appointment at Monklands and Hairmyres hospitals, where they are given an infusion of a drug called Sotrovimab, also known as neutralizing monoclonal antibody (nMAb).

Others who meet the criteria are offered antiviral tablets that they can take at home.

Dr Lucy Munro told Lanarkshire Live: “These new treatments can help make the symptoms of COVID-19 less severe, make complications less likely and are important in protecting people with severely weakened immune systems.

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“We advise those who have received letters to get tested as soon as possible if they develop symptoms and to contact the dedicated phone number highlighted on the NHS Inform website.

“People who think they may be eligible but haven’t received a letter can check the website to find out if they have any of the conditions on the list.

“Most people who have received the letters from the Scottish Government and want treatment contact us through the dedicated phone line.

“In addition, eligible patients who meet the criteria are referred to our Test and Protect team, who will also contact them and highlight new treatments during the Test and Protect phone call.

“Getting vaccinated remains the most effective step people can take to protect themselves and reduce their chances of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

“For those who are still infected, these treatments will help relieve their symptoms, aid their recovery, and reduce the number of hospitalizations as a result of COVID-19.”

For more information on additional COVID-19 treatment options, including access to treatment and dedicated phone number, visit the NHS Inform website.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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