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Coronavirus survivors offered support and advice

Critical Care Consultants, Outreach Nurses, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists  from Worcestershire’s hospitals are offering support and advice to patients who have survived Covid-19. 

Patients who have been on ventilators or continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP), machines that help an individual with their breathing are invited to attend virtual video follow up clinics by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust after they have left hospital. Each clinic provides survivors with support and guidance from a wide range of medical professionals to help each patient return to full physical and mental health.

As well as follow up clinics, staff have introduced virtual support groups that allow patients who have been discharged from an intensive care unit to talk to others who have also gone through that same experience. This not only includes Covid-19 survivors but anyone who may have been discharged from an intensive care unit.

Critical Care consultant Dr Liv Kelsall said: “We are delighted that we can offer both the virtual clinics and support groups to our patients. It is vital that our patients get the necessary support they need to recover from the effects of time spent in ICU.”

“Not only do patients get to interact with our clinical teams but also other patients who have experienced the same thing. Feeling you’re isolated or that no-one understands can make it much harder when processing the trauma of surviving a critical illness like Covid-19.”

Survivors will get to interact with other patients that have been discharged from an Intensive Care Unit, providing them with the opportunity to talk with others who may be further down their recovery journey.

Dr Kelsall added: “Being able to talk with people who have also experienced similar circumstances and actually understand you can help patients a great deal in moving on from the experience and getting their normal lives back.”

Patient, Neil Johnson, 54 was discharged in May after being in ICU with Coronavirus said: “The support group is one of the most beneficial things that has happened to me after recovering from Covid-19.

“It gives me a place where I am able to open up about problems I'm experiencing since being on a ventilator and it's a great comfort knowing other people are having the same issues.

“I look forward immensely to the meetings.”