Hi Helen. Thanks for your response. I had actually read that and completely forgotten that I had. Thanks for reminding me ! I'm also working on trying to better navigate the hub. With regard to point 3 below, I presume that the service offered will be determined by individual CCG's. So for example, in some areas, the service is being provided by the pulmonary rehab team. Whilst very welcome, I would presume that a respiratory nurse will not assess for all of the following or is the plan that they will be trained to do so ?
3. Designated Long Covid clinics, as announced today. This will involve each part of the country designating expert one-stop services in line with an agreed national specification. Post-Covid services will provide joined up care for physical and mental health, with patients having access to:
– A physical assessment, which will include diagnostic testing, to identify any potential chronic health issues.
– A cognitive assessment, to assess any potential memory, attention, and concentration problems.
– A psychological assessment, to see if someone is suffering potentially from depression, anxiety, PTSD, or another mental health condition.
Patients could also then be referred from designated clinics into specialist lung disease services, sleep clinics, cardiac services, rehabilitation services, or signposted into IAPT and other mental health services