Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation Launch Support Hub for People with Post-Covid Breathlessness
Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation have launched an online hub to support patients recovering from COVID-19 with persistent breathlessness.
The hub was developed with support from PCRS and other academic and professional bodies in response to reports that people hospitalised with severe COVID-19 symptoms may go on to develop chronic respiratory symptoms including breathlessness.
“We welcome the introduction of the Post-COVID HUB. These are times of rapid change with many people recovering from sudden episodes of severe illness requiring critical care, then returning to community or primary care for ongoing management. Some will sustain ongoing lung damage, others psychological trauma. The sharing of resources allows clinicians to care for people safely and effectively wherever care needs to be delivered.” Carol Stonham MBE, chair of the Primary Care Respiratory Society & Senior NHS Nurse Practitioner (respiratory)
The online resource provides information and support for patients, healthcare professionals and researchers and will be continually updated as the long-term health effects of COVID-19 infection become apparent and are better understood.
An important goal will be to bring together researchers to better understand the long-term effects of COVID-19 on respiratory health and on people’s long-term physical and mental health, particularly following intensive care treatment. Researchers, health care professionals and people affected by post-Covid 19 lung health issues can sign up to email newsletters and a helpline is also available on 0300 222 5942.
You can access the PCRS dedicated COVID-19 webpage for the latest information advice and helpful links.