The Long COVID Service is open to all MPFT staff and for patients who live within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

It aims to provide help and support to those with Post COVID Syndrome, which is commonly known as Long COVID.

Long COVID may present with some long-term side effects including breathlessness, poor sleep, fatigue, a cough, or anxiety and low mood.

At the initial appointment, patients can find out what care and support is available to them, followed by the next steps, which may be tests or be referred into other existing services, as well as where to get further help and advice to manage symptoms.

Following your appointment, you will be offered a patient initiated follow up. This type of appointment allows you to arrange a follow-up appointment for you, or someone you care for, only when you need it. You will also receive a 6 month follow up with one of our care co-ordinators.

COVID Recover Graphic.jpgPlease note that we are not a self-referral service. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Long COVID, please contact your GP for an assessment.

Your GP will ask about your symptoms and the impact they are having on your life. They may suggest some tests to find out more about your symptoms such as a blood test, checking your blood pressure, heart rate, or a chest x-ray. They may then choose to refer you to our service for further support and guidance.

 

 

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Who is this service for?

The service is open to adults across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent who have had both a positive COVID-19 test and symptoms of COVID-19 for more than 12 weeks.

 

Which clinicians work within this service?

Working in partnership, we have bought together specialists ranging from rehabilitation Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, General Practitioners, Care Co-ordinators, and Psychology Support.

 

How do I refer into your service?

Anyone who has had symptoms of Long COVID for 12 weeks or more, should contact their GP who can refer into the service.

 

What happens at my first appointment?

If you are referred to our service you will receive an SMS message with the date and time of your new patient assessment appointment where we will review your medical history and assess your health status following your diagnosis of Long COVID.

Your first appointment will be via the telephone. It will take 30 to 45 minutes depending on the information you give us. A treatment care plan will then be discussed and agreed with you.

Once a care plan has been agreed, and if no further care deemed necessary, you may be discharged with self management education and support. Alternatively, you may be referred into other services.

Following your appointment, you will be offered a patient initiated follow up. This type of appointment allows you to arrange a follow-up appointment for you, or someone you care for, only when you need it. You will also receive a 6 month follow up with one of our care coordinators.

 

Can I be seen face-to-face?

At the moment, we are primarily a virtual service; however if you require a face-to-face appointment we can arrange this for you. We can also offer video appointments.

 

What should I do if I cannot attend my appointment?

If you are unable to attend your appointment, please email us at lcvclinics@mpft.nhs.uk or call us on 0300 303 3425 as soon as possible to cancel your appointment. The phone number is a message taking number where you will be advised to leave your name, phone number, date of birth and your message. We will then get back to you on the number you have provided.

 

What happens if I do not attend my appointment?

If you fail to attend without advising us you may be discharged.

 

Feedback

We would love to hear your feedback about the Long COVID Service. Please take a moment to complete our online survey.