Recovery post COVID-19 with Circle Rehabilitation
Recovery post COVID-19 (coronavirus)
If you, or a loved one are experiencing any physical or mental health symptoms or side effects after your recovery post COVID-19 (coronavirus), then our healthcare team may be able to help you at Circle Rehabilitation in Birmingham.
The global pandemic has affected every country, and rehabilitation medicine and rehabilitation services are seeing new symptoms in patients who have recovered from the disease. For some, COVID-19 has been a critical illness which has involved them being in an intensive care unit - other people have had milder symptoms and have recovered in care settings, in the community or at home. People have gone through an acute phase, a chronic phase and now in a recovery phase - but the journey to recovery is not always straight forward.
People in the UK and across the world who have recovered post COVID-19 are finding that they are experiencing symptoms of other conditions which are making life difficult for them and their families. Along with the health implications on the person, there are also other implications affecting their life, such as relationships and the ability to work or to look after children and dependants.
- Problems with memory or concentration
- Irritability or being short-tempered
- Low mood
- Breathlessness and/or a cough
- Stress and anxiety, or a reduced sense of wellbeing
- Weakness in exercise and activity
- Loss of energy and fatigue syndrome, reduced muscle strength
- Problems with your voice or swallowing
- Traumatic stress disorder
- Intensive care syndrome
- Problems carrying out physical activity
The emerging reports of Long COVID describes how people who may have recovered in a hospital or in an intensive care unit - or indeed in the community or at home - are experiencing debilitating conditions months after they have recovered from the actual coronavirus disease.
Those who are recovering from COVID-19 may experience all or some of these new symptoms. Everyone's recovery is different, which is why we create a private rehabilitation plan and treatment plan at Circle Rehabilitation, which is individual to you. Our rehabilitation programmes are medically-led - your care and rehabilitation is overseen by one of our specialist rehabilitation consultants and physicians.
Individuals are affected differently. The World Health Organisation says that it takes approximately 14 days for people with mild cases to recover, and three to six weeks for people with severe or critical illnesses, however this may vary from person to person. Some people may have a higher risk than others, and much depends on many factors.
The National Institute for Health Research, has been carrying out a study of the experience of people in the UK who have recovered from COVID-19, including experiences of people following hospital admissions and with existing and new medical conditions as well as with symptoms of COVID-19. The emerging findings show that while some people have a mild illness and may have had no symptoms of COVID-19 at all, others are suffering with so-called Long COVID. This is a persistent illness post COVID infection.
At Circle Rehabilitation, we will put together a care plan for you based around your needs. Lots of people are experiencing different recoveries, so if you were in hospital or you managed it at home we can help you. There will be options to stay at our dedicated rehabilitation centre or we can support you at home.
The rehabilitation process varies between individual patients.
Our multi-disciplinary private team of professionals at Circle Rehabilitation will work with you to give you the support and care needed to recover.
- Specialist consultants - these could be doctors who specialise in pulmonary rehabilitation, critical care, chronic disease, mental health problems, acute illness and physical medicine. They can also provide psychosocial support and psychological support.
- Specialist rehabilitation consultants - recovery post-COVID will include a rehabilitation programme tailored to the patient. Everyone has different rehabilitation needs; some patients may have been in a hospital setting or an intensive care unit, while others will have been treated in primary care (by their GP) or in the community or community health service. All Circle Health patient rehabilitation programmes are medically-led, that is to say that a specialist rehabilitation consultant or specialist consultant will oversee and provide the clinical management for your post-COVID rehabilitation.
- Nurse - registered nurses at Circle Rehabilitation are part of the group of healthcare professionals who can guide care across your post-COVID recovery and rehabilitation programme. They will work with you to achieve long term outcomes and long term impact.
- Physiotherapists and specialist therapists - these healthcare professionals can help with musculoskeletal, psychological and community support. Physiotherapy can help with a number of proactive rehabilitation needs - physical activity to improve your mobility and muscle strength, pulmonary rehabilitation to help you breathe more easily, and other rehabilitation considerations.
- Occupational therapists - occupational therapy can help you get back to normal post-COVID. At our specialist rehabilitation centre in Birmingham, our occupational therapists use state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to guide you towards life back home.
- Speech and language therapists, dietitians and other therapists - rehabilitation services at Circle Health involve and include a range of therapies and therapists depending on your need.
- Psychologists - people who recover post-COVID report that the physical illness has also left them feeling anxious, depressed, irritable and disorientated. This impact on mental health is not to be underestimated and is an important part of rehabilitation services in our hospital setting or community setting.
- Rehabilitation assistants, allied health professionals and healthcare workers - the entire health care team forms part of a multidisciplinary team around the patient.
- Inpatient and outpatient teams - whether you have had a hospital discharge but feel you would like some extra time in hospital to recover from being in an acute hospital setting, whether you wish to continue your rehabilitation by visiting as an outpatient, or wish to continue your rehabilitation in the community or at home - we can help.
Recovery from COVID-19 has many factors. At Circle Rehabilitation, we believe that a whole-person approach is the best one.
For example, a person may experience shortness of breath, distress, mild cognitive impairment and fatigue just' treating one of those symptoms may mean that the others remain unaddressed or exacerbated.
Absolutely. Most people who have recovered from COVID-19 have been in the community even though you have not been in hospital you may be experiencing new symptoms associated with what your body has endured during your illness. Our private service at Circle Rehabilitation is for people recovering from COVID-10 whether that has been in hospital or elsewhere.
At Circle Rehabilitation, we aim:
- To help you recover from COVID-19, with strategies designed to return you to health
- To work in partnership with you and your private consultant to achieve the best possible health outcomes for you.
- Treat you as an individual, putting together a package of care that is tailored to you.
Richard Bates is a passionate and energetic 61-year-old man who works in the graphic arts industry. After contracting COVID-19 in July 2020, Richard experienced long-term covid-19 symptoms. He attended Circle Health Group’s Rehabilitation Centre in Birmingham to recover with the specialist help of our multidisciplinary team. This is Richard’s story.
When Richard Bates arrived at Circle Health Group’s Rehabilitation Centre following his experience with COVID-19, he was still suffering from symptoms of breathlessness and fatigue. Despite being an active man before contracting COVID-19, Richard was now easily tired. He struggled with day-to-day activities, such as climbing the stairs and going for walks.
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