Support service launched to help patients after Covid-19

Posted on August 16, 2021 by AireAdmin

People recovering from Covid-19 across Bradford District and
Craven will benefit from a support service provided by the NHS that has been
launched today (Wednesday 11 August).

The service developed, by a range of health and care
professionals through the Act as One health and care partnership, will be
available to those who continue to display ‘post Covid’ symptoms 12 weeks after
they have should have recovered from the virus. People with post Covid may
experience breathlessness, fatigue, chest pains linked to possible damage to
the lungs and heart and impact on the brain (cognitive impairment) as well as
psychological symptoms.

People experiencing symptoms of post Covid will be referred
to the new service by their GP or hospital consultant. Support includes advice
on self management, access to psychological services through to therapy
support. The service is based on nationally developed guidelines from NHS
England and NHS Improvement based on guidance issued by the National Institute
for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Dr Katherine
Hickman, GP and Respiratory Lead for NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical
Commissioning Group said: “We have been working across a range of clinical
disciplines to fully understand the support people need as they recover from
COVID-19. For some people – irrespective of age – the medium to long-term
impact of COVID-19 on both their physical and mental health can be quite
significant. This new support service will help health and care professionals
and our patients to get access to the most appropriate service so we can work
together to aid their recovery.”

Dr Paul Whitaker, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: “Bradford District and
Craven were one of the first areas to develop specialist clinics to support
patients and help us understand how COVID-19 affects people’s physical and
psychological wellbeing. We have used that learning, working alongside our
primary and community care colleagues, to develop a holistic support package
for people recovering from COVID-19. “

Karen Dawber, Senior Responsible Owner for the Act as One
Respiratory Programme and Chief Nurse at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust, commented: “Our post Covid service will be available for
people who meet the eligibility criteria. We have set up a straightforward
assessment process using a standardised tool that people can access through an
app. For those who are unable to, or lack confidence in using smartphones or
tablets we will offer a telephone screening service. At this point one of our
pathway co-ordinators will contact the patient to fully understand the
patient’s story, symptoms and understand their main goals. We want services to
be as accessible as possible and we will tailor the offer to meet individuals
requirements. This is another great example of how we are working together,
under Act as One, as an integrated health and care system across Bradford District
and Craven. ”

Anyone referred to the service will receive six weekly follow-ups to see
how they are progressing in their recovery which will include reviewing
clinical and patient experience. A patient information leaflet will be provided
offering advice on how people can continue to take steps to improve their
health, including physical and mental wellbeing tips and links to relevant
support.  

The post Covid pathway has been developed by colleagues across Bradford
District and Craven under the Act as One Respiratory Programme.