A team of specialists at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals has created a web-based resource to help patients recovering from coronavirus.
Made up of physiotherapists, nurses, speech and language therapists, dieticians, psychologists, occupational therapists and a respiratory consultant, the team wanted to support patients’ initial recovery and ongoing rehabilitation once they had left hospital.
‘Covid 19: Supporting Your Recovery’ provides advice on physical health, such as mobility and exercises that can be done while sitting or standing, as well as tips on any struggles patients may be having with their psychological health, is now available.
This project was led by Catherine Edwards, Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Emma Forster, Tracheostomy Lead Practitioner and Sarah Moore, Specialist Physiotherapist.
Catherine said: “While it is wonderful to see patients discharged from our hospitals after having had coronavirus, we noticed there wasn’t much support available for them once they arrived home. That’s why our new online resource includes physical and psychological support and advice for patients who are at home and recovering from coronavirus.
“We are delighted at the feedback we have received so far, and we are particularly pleased that other Trusts and hospitals in our area are now offering our resources to their patients.”
From advice on what to do if you are breathless and clearing your lungs to what to eat to help you recover and what to do if you are feeling down, ‘Covid 19: Supporting Your Recovery’ covers a wide range of topics that support all areas of patient wellbeing.
Emma said: “In a very short time, we have seen an unbelievable uptake in patients using our new resource. We are now in talks with our colleagues at the North West Ambulance Service to roll this out across their networks, as well as having had a fantastic response from our patients.
“We are also in the process of setting up text reminders for patients to receive with the web address included, so that we can reach as many people as possible and offer them access to vital support.”
Patients recovering from coronavirus across the UK can access the Covid-19: Supporting Your Recovery resource by clicking this link: https://covidpatientsupport.lthtr.nhs.uk/.