22nd Apr, 2021

Worcestershire patients who have survived Covid-19 receive virtual after care

Harry Leach 5th Nov, 2020

ADVICE is being given to Worcestershire patients who have survived Covid-19.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is holding virtual follow up sessions for people long after they leave hospital.

Each clinic provides survivors with support and guidance from a wide range of medical professionals.

The idea is to help survivors return to full physical and mental health.

Virtual support groups have also been established to allow patients to talk to others who have gone through similar experiences.

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 they also can speak to other patients who have experienced the same thing.

“Feeling like 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.”

One person who has benefited from the support groups is Neil Johnson who was discharged from ICU in May.

The 54-year-old said: “It gives me a place where I am able to open up about problems I’m experiencing since being on a ventilator.

“It’s a great comfort knowing other people are having the same issues.”

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