Patient support post Covid.

Some people will recover from Covid-19 quickly with few or no long term effects. For others it may take up to 6-8 weeks before they start to feel like themselves again, with most people reporting that they are symptom free by 12 weeks.

Whether you’ve been treated for Covid-19 infection in hospital or you managed your Covid-19 symptoms in the community, a smaller group of people will find the effects to be longer lasting. This is sometimes called Post Covid Syndrome or ‘long Covid’.

Longer term impacts can include shortness of breath, fatigue, and problems involving the heart, lungs, kidneys, nervous system and muscles and joints.

These prolonged effects may linger or recur for months after your initial recovery and are being reported by some as having a severe impact on their quality of life.

What to expect from your Covid-19 recovery
It is important not to compare your recovery with others as different people are likely to have different problems, or need a longer length of time to recover than others.

Some common problems you may experience during or after the illness include:

  • Breathlessness
  • Fatigue or extreme tiredness
  • Reduced mobility and muscle weakness
  • Difficulty swallowing food and drink, particularly if you were ventilated with a breathing tube while in hospital
  • Reduced physical fitness
  • Changes in mood, anxiety or depression
  • Managing daily activities
  • New difficulties with attention, remembering things and thinking clearly
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder, nightmares  or flashbacks

Who should I contact if I have concerns/ questions about my recovery?
If you do experience any longer lasting effects of Covid-19 please contact your GP in the first instance. This is so they can ensure any other medical reasons for your symptoms are ruled out first. Your GP will discuss with you how you have been managing and assess how Covid-19 is affecting you. They may ask you questions about your health and wellbeing which may include:

  • Your living and social situation
  • Changes in your mood/emotions
  • Changes to your mobility/activity or ability to look after yourself
  • Changes in your voice, swallowing and communication
  • Changes to your eating and weight
  • Problems with your memory and concentration
  • Any other health problems or symptoms that have developed.

Sheffield post-Covid Rehabilitation Hub
To support people with ongoing problems, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has put in place a Sheffield Post Covid Rehabilitation Hub. Your GP will be able to refer you to The Hub if they think it can help.

Once you have been referred to the Sheffield Post Covid Rehabilitation Hub, a member of team will then contact you.

The Sheffield Post Covid Rehabilitation Hub is one of a network of nationwide assessment clinics set up by NHS England to help patients suffering ongoing health issues as a result of coronavirus. It has been co-designed with colleagues in primary care, mental health services, patients and researchers, and aims to:

  • Provide a holistic approach to the management of your long Covid symptoms, taking into account any physical, psychological or social problems you may be encountering.
  • Assess your needs and ensure you are referred to the appropriate service/s to meet your needs.
  • Liaise with services that may already have input into your care

The Hub may offer you:

  • Advice and guidance to continue to manage your symptoms
  • A rehabilitation programme from one of our community based teams
  • A Covid Rehabilitation Specialist Therapist review
  • A medical review with a rehabilitation specialist consultant if appropriate
  • Support for your psychological well being
  • Referral into other specialist services i.e. dietetics, speech and language therapy, the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme, chronic fatigue services
  • Advice regarding returning to work
  • Referral to the volunteer organisations

The Sheffield Post Covid Rehabilitation Hub is also a point for you to contact should you have any questions about your Covid-19 symptoms after looking at the available resources. Your query will be dealt with by members of the team. To contact the hub for advice telephone 0114 3078553

Please note The Hub is not an emergency service and you must continue to use 111/999 or your GP for all urgent medical concerns.

Resources
A number of supporting resources have been developed to support you during your Covid-19 recovery

  • To read the latest NHS advice and personalised support on recovering from Covid-19 visit Your Covid Recovery.
  • Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation have created a Post Covid-19 Hub to provide support on the longer term health impacts of Covid-19. For more information visit www.post-covid.org.uk/.
  • The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists have created an animation to show you what you can expect when recovering from Covid-19. To find out more click on the image button below to watch the video

Downloads

Support for Rehabilitation Self-Management after Covid-19-Related Illness

Advice for People Experiencing Voice Problems after Covid-19

Living With Covid19: A Dynamic Review of the Evidence Around Ongoing Covid19 Symptoms (often called Long Covid)

Improving your Nutrition Before and After your Covid-19 illness

Physiotherapy Advice Following Covid-19

Post-Covid Fatigue: Information for Patients

How to Manage Post-Viral Fatigue after Covid-19: Practical Advice for People who Have Recovered at Home

How to Conserve Your Energy

Covid-19: The Road to Recovery Activity Planner

Patient videos
The Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University has put together a series of videos to support people who have symptoms of fatigue during their recovery from Covid-19.  There is also a point of contact for the

RICOVR | Sheffield Hallam University (shu.ac.uk)

Fatigue Videos

These videos have been viewed and recommended by the Sheffield Long Covid Patient Voice Group. The series of videos should ideally be watched in order and take over an hour and a half if watched all in one sitting. It is therefore recommended you take regular breaks between each one if you watch them all in one sitting so that you are not fatigued.

 

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