Information for the public and patients:

Website resources:

  • We have pulled together a web page that includes useful tips on managing symptoms and stories from local people. Feel free to share this page among your networks and channels: Long term effects of COVID :: Black Country ICB (blackcountryics.org.uk)
  • NHS.uk provide information on symptoms and how to manage them.
  • The national ‘Your COVID recovery’ website has a host of information about managing your symptoms and where to get support from.
  • Long COVID Support have provided a variety of patient resources including information about symptoms, how to manage symptoms and contact details for other services that offer support such as mental health and financial help.

Social media:

You may like to schedule these posts from your owned accounts:

  1. As you find yourself recovering from #COVID19, you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body & mind. @NHSinBlkCountry have compiled a list of resources and helpful tips for understanding and recovering from the long-term effects of the virus: https://blackcountry.icb.nhs.uk/your-health/health-advice/coronavirus/long-term-effects-covid #LongCOVID
  2. While #COVID symptoms tend to pass quickly for most, there are some who continue to experience long term effects beyond the initial illness – this is known as Long COVID. Visit @NHSinBlkCountry for local help and support: https://blackcountry.icb.nhs.uk/your-health/health-advice/coronavirus/long-term-effects-covid #LongCOVID
  3. Long COVID can happen to anyone who has had COVID-19, even if the illness was mild, or they had no symptoms. Resources and tips on your recovery is available from @NHSinBlkCountry https://blackcountry.icb.nhs.uk/your-health/health-advice/coronavirus/long-term-effects-covid #LongCOVID

Printable advice sheet:

Advice sheets are now available in alternative languages as well as English. Please click the links below to download in the required language:


Information for clinicians

Referral pathway:

As per NICE/SIGN/RCGP guidance, ‘Long COVID’ is a commonly used term to describe:

  • Ongoing symptomatic COVID-19: signs and symptoms of COVID-19 from 4 to 12weeks;
  • Post-COVID-19 syndrome: signs and symptoms that develop during or after COVID-19 and continue for more than 12 weeks and are not explained by an alternative diagnosis

General practice plays a key role in supporting patients, both adults and children, with long term symptoms of COVID-19. This includes assessing, diagnosing, referring where necessary and longer-term holistic support of patients. These are all part of the essential services provided by practices to their patients. If a patient needs support to manage their condition at home, there is an advice sheet (available in different languages) with exercises to support breathlessness, aches and pains and mental health – download it here. These can be printed and given to patients. If the patient needs a referral, there are clinics available in:

  • Dudley
  • Sandwell
  • Walsall
  • Wolverhampton

Clinics are evolving and new services are being added/changed regularly. Please check your clinical systems for up to date referral pathways and referral templates. All services are also offering virtual appointments for phone or video consultations

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