Information for the public and patients:
- 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.
You may like to schedule these posts from your owned accounts:
- 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
- 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
- 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
A video to highlight awareness of long COVID and tips on managing symptoms can be viewed:
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
This information was taken from: https://
COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing the long-term effects of COVID-19 – developed jointly by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) and the RCGP
Long COVID network on the Future NHS platform (log-in required)
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:
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