Dr Navin Kumta, Ashford GP and clinical chair of the CCG, explains how GPs are working to support patients from Black, Asian and ethnic minorities (BAME) backgrounds and others at high risk from Covid-19:
"People from Black, Asian and ethnic minorities, and those in areas of deprivation, are more likely to be affected by Covd-19 than others. The risks increase more with age, with long term conditions, with jobs that have lots of contact with others, and with being overweight."
GP surgeries across Kent and Medway are contacting their patients who are most at risk from Covid-19 to provide advice and to review their long term conditions.
"Conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure add to the risks. One of the most important things you can do to be fit to fight Covid is to make sure any long term conditions are under control. There are often simple things your GP can do to help.
"If you get a letter, text or call please don’t ignore it. Covid is serious and we can help."