HEALTH: Roll-out of Long Covid Service within local health board area

By Lucy Ashton

A new service within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has been launched to help those who have been affected by the long terms impacts of Covid-19.

The Long Covid Service will provide a holistic approach, providing interventions, guidance and tools for patients to live well with their symptoms after the initial Covid-19 infection with patients having access to a range of specialists.

Staff which will include administrative support, Advanced Practice Occupational Therapists, Advanced Practice Physiotherapists and Health Care Support Workers, will offer advice on managing and improving the symptoms of the condition for children, young people and adults who have been diagnosed by their GP as having long covid.

Fiona Smith, Director of Allied Health Professionals at NHSGGC, said: “We are committed to providing the best possible patient care and the long COVID service is a huge step forward in supporting people who are impacted by the longer lasting effects of Covid-19.

“Living with long COVID can be extremely challenging and the service aims to provide support for patients and their families to ensure they have access to the best resources to support recovery and improve the quality of their lives.

“I would like to thank all the staff at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the individual Health and Care Social Partnerships for their help and assistance in the development of the service.”

Since launching just over three months ago, the service has already had 340 referrals where it has been able to support individuals with varying needs and symptoms in relation to the condition.

Caitlin Hamlett, a service user at the Long Covid Service, said: “I can’t thank the team at the Long Covid Service enough for the help and support they have provided through the duration of my time using the service.

“Living with the symptoms of Long Covid can be extremely difficult and exhausting. The service has provided a lifeline in my rehabilitation both physically and mentally.

“The compassion and knowledge of the staff has given me a clear direction for managing my symptoms on the path to recovery, and I am extremely grateful for the help I have received.

“I would urge anyone who is living with Long Covid to reach out to their GP who can refer you to the service, where you will be able to connect with others in a similar position to you.”

For more information on the long covid service and how you can access help, please visit the NHSGGC website.

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