Information for the public and patients

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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.@NHSinBCWB have compiled a list of resources and helpful tips for understanding and recovering from the long-term effects of the virus: https://www.blackcountryandwestbirmccg.nhs.uk/your-health-services/coronavirus/long-term-effects-of-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 @NHSinBCWB for local help and support: https://www.blackcountryandwestbirmccg.nhs.uk/your-health-services/coronavirus/long-term-effects-of-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 @NHSinBCWB https://www.blackcountryandwestbirmccg.nhs.uk/your-health-services/coronavirus/long-term-effects-of-covid #LongCOVID

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Information for clinicians

Educational materials

This information was taken from: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/post-covid-syndrome-long-covid/

The following is a list of resources that have been developed to help clinicians adapt to and learn about Long COVID.

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 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

  • West Birmingham

  • 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