Some people recovering from Covid-19 are experiencing longer term symptoms including pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, confusion, and memory problems (commonly called brain fog).
The NHS website Your Covid Recovery is there to help people recover from the effects of Covid-19. It includes information from experts about how to look after your health and wellbeing. It also includes information on returning to work, and a helpful section for family, friends and carers of people who are recovering from Covid.
If, at any time in your recovery from Covid, you are worried about continuing symptoms (or if you develop new or worsening symptoms) you should contact your GP or hospital team to get the help you need.
Long Covid, also known as Post Covid Syndrome is a new condition and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidelines in identifying, assessing and managing the long-term effects of COVID-19 in December 2020.
From 14 May 2021 people suffering with Post Covid Syndrome for more than 12 weeks can be referred to a Post Covid Assessment Service in Kent and Medway.
Once referred, the Post Covid Assessment Service will make contact with patients and a team of professionals will carry out an assessment and then offer appropriate support.
If you are receiving care for Long Covid you can discuss with your care provider about being referred to the Post Covid Assessment Service. Patients can be referred by their GP or hospital team.
If the effects of a Covid infection last for more than 12 weeks and you are not already receiving care for Long Covid, please contact your GP practice so they can rule out any alternative diagnosis for your condition and make sure this service would be suitable for you.
Post-Covid Syndrome is a new and complex condition and it is particularly important that the patients’ voice is heard so that we can develop the care and support you need. If you would like to contribute your experience you can find out how to, here.