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Dorset Help for Long COVID

Help is at hand for people suffering COVID-19 after-effects

A new service has been set up to help people across Dorset recover from lingering after-effects of COVID-19.  Around one in ten people who contract the virus have persistent symptoms which can last for months (also known as ‘Long COVID’), affecting their quality of life, relationships, and ability to work.

Now Dorset HealthCare has established a Post-COVID Syndrome (PCS) Service, which will support patients with self-management or direct them to specialist advice or treatment.

People who have had symptoms for 12 weeks or more, are being urged contact their GP. If tests rule out other causes, and more help is required, GPs can refer patients to the PCS Service for specialist support and guidance.

Common PCS symptoms include: Fatigue ,breathlessness headaches, brain ‘fog, pain in the joints or chest.

Once referred, PCS staff will carry out an in-depth assessment of the patient, and a team of healthcare professionals will then decide on the best way forward.  This could involve help with self-management around diet, breathing, relaxation and exercise, or support from staff specialising in rehabilitation, respiratory problems, mental health, pain management or other services.

More information on the post COVID-19 syndrome service.

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