Covid-19 Supporting your recovery

Your Covid Recovery is a new website to support people with ongoing symptoms on their road to recovery.  This resource has been developed by a group of multi-disciplinary health professionals at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. The purpose of the website is to support patients with their initial recovery once discharged from hospital following treatment for COVID-19. Although hospital admission is referred to throughout this resource, it can also be used for patients who remain in their own homes and we hope that the information and advice provided will assist all patients and their families starting their rehabilitation journey following COVID-19.

This website is designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of COVID-19 and support them to manage their recovery. It includes information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage ongoing symptoms and health needs at home, and signposts to sources of support.

This information should not replace any individual advice you may have received on discharge from hospital. If you have any concerns about ongoing or worsening symptoms, please seek advice from either your GP or the NHS 111 website.

https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/

 www.111.nhs.uk https://covidpatientsupport.lthtr.nhs.uk/

Introduction -Recovery from COVID-19 will take time. The length of time needed will vary from person to person and it is important not to compare yourself to others. Ongoing symptoms could last for several months after you contract COVID-19 and this can be perfectly normal.

Post-COVID-19 effects could include:

•Muscle weakness and joint stiffness

•Extreme tiredness (fatigue) and a lack of energy

•Loss of appetite and weight loss

•Sleep problems

•Problems with mental abilities – for example, not being able to remember some events, think clearly and being forgetful

•Changes in your mood, or anxiety or depression

•Nightmares or flashbacks Nightmares or flashbacks

•Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 

A support hub has been set up by Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation to provide information and dedicated support for people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and their family members. This can be accessed at:- https://www.post-covid.org.uk/

Evidence shows that a significant proportion of post COVID-19 patients are likely to have significant ongoing health problems, notably breathing difficulties, tiredness and cough, reduced muscle function, reduced ability to undertake physical activity and psychological symptoms such as PTSD and reduced mood status.

Another useful resource has been developed by a group of multi-disciplinary health professionals at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. The purpose of the website is to support patients with their initial recovery once discharged from hospital following treatment for COVID-19. 

https://covidpatientsupport.lthtr.nhs.uk/#/