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The Covid-19 medicines delivery unit (CMDU) is based at the Bence Jones Unit, Blackshaw Road, St George’s Hospital. We provide new Covid-19 treatments to people at the highest risk in south west London that have tested positive for Covid-19.

How to get treatment

You can access an assessment in the following ways:

  • Phone on 0208 725 1559 between 9am and 5pm.
  • E-mail covid.mdu@stgeorges.nhs.uk and include the following information:
    • Full name
    • Date of birth
    • Home address, and address where you are currently staying if different
    • Current contact phone number (home phone and mobile if available
    • Date of your first positive test
    • Date when your symptoms started
    • List of your current medical conditions
  • Contact your GP practice or 111, who may refer you to the service.

Frequently asked questions

What happens after I have contacted CMDU?

You will be phoned for an assessment within 24 hours by a nurse or a doctor.  The assessment will take around 10-30 minutes. If after assessment you are eligible and suitable for either of these medicines, the team will make arrangements with you to get the right treatment.

It is really important that you answer our phone call so please make sure you stay close to your phone after you have contacted us.

You may be told that your immune system is working well, and you don’t need treatment for your Covid-19 infection.

If you need antiviral tablets, these will be prescribed at St George’s Hospital and someone can come and pick them up for you (preferred), or we can deliver to you. If you need an antiviral infusion (drip) we will make an appointment for you, this is usually a next-day appointment but does depend on capacity.

What happens for children?

If you are the parent or carer of a child over 12 who is at highest risk and who tests positive for covid-19, please contact the service using the ways described above.

Your child will be assessed by a member of our specialist paediatric team, who will tell you whether they need treatment.

How do I know if I am eligible for treatment?

You may be at highest risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 if you are an adult and have:

  • Down’s syndrome, or another chromosomal condition that affects your immune system
  • certain types of cancer, or had treatment for certain types of cancer
  • sickle cell disease
  • certain conditions affecting your blood
  • chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 4 or 5
  • severe liver disease
  • had an organ transplant
  • certain autoimmune or inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease
  • HIV or AIDS and have a weakened immune system
  • a condition affecting your immune system
  • a condition affecting the brain or nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, motor neurone disease, myasthenia gravis, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or certain types of dementia
  • certain lung conditions or treatments for lung conditions

This list is a summary and does not cover everything. The criteria for children are different.

Find out more about people at the highest risk who are eligible for COVID-19 treatment on GOV.UK