Supporting People with long COVID
While most people recover quickly from Covid-19 and get better within 4 weeks, some people may have ongoing symptoms that can last longer, or new health issues which can develop and change over time. This is sometimes referred to as long Covid although the type of symptoms, their severity and how long they last can vary from person to person. As this is a relatively new condition, understanding is developing all the time and although it is difficult to predict exactly how long coronavirus symptoms will last, the reassuring evidence is that symptoms improve over time in most cases.
NHS Forth Valley has a range of services, including our ReACH rehabilitation teams, which are able to provide advice, treatment and support to local people recovering from Covid-19. You can also get support from your local GP practice who are able to refer to specialist health services, if appropriate. Work is also underway to develop additional local services and support to meet the needs of local people experiencing long term effects of Covid-19 and other long-term conditions.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland and SIGN have also developed a Long Covid Patient Information app which provides patients with guidelines for the treatment of Long Covid.