Covid-19 Supporting your 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 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.

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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 stiffnessMuscle weakness and joint stiffness
  • Extreme tiredness (fatigue) and a lack of energy Extreme tiredness (fatigue) and a lack of energy 
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss Loss of appetite and weight loss 
  • Sleep problemsSleep problems
  • Problems with mental abilities – for example, not being able to remember some events, think clearly and being forgetfulProblems 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) 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: