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Mid And South Essex Long COVID Service

Dedicated Assessment and Treatment for Long COVID Patients

Overview

The Mid and South Essex Long COVID Team focuses on assessing and treating patients with Long COVID, aiming to restore their functionality. Our team caters to both adults and children and covers patients registered with a GP in the Mid or South Essex area.

What We Do

Comprising of Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Clinical Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, and other health professionals, we strive to aid recovery and manage Long COVID through:
•  Comprehensive assessments.
•  Tailored advice.
•  Support groups.
•  Educational programs.
•  Rehabilitation services.

While there’s no cure for Long COVID, appropriate management can significantly improve symptoms.

Eligibility Criteria

Primarily, we accept referrals for individuals experiencing Long COVID symptoms for more than 12 weeks, after ruling out other illnesses. Long COVID encompasses ongoing symptomatic COVID-19 (from 4 to 12 weeks) and post COVID-19 syndrome (12 weeks or more). Fewer referrals are accepted for those with symptoms for only 4 weeks, as recovery typically occurs within 12 weeks.

Service Delivery

Our services are primarily delivered virtually, including assessments, educational talks, and group rehabilitation. In-clinic services are available, although limited outside of Mid Essex due to space constraints. The ‘vax van’ is utilised as an alternative in such cases.

Referral Process

Referrals must be made by a healthcare professional, such as a GP or consultant.

Useful Links

For further information about Long COVID, the following resources may be helpful:
•  Your COVID Recovery – NHS
•  Long COVID Kids
•  Managing Fatigue, Anxiety, and Brain Fog after COVID
•  Understanding Pain and Active Pain Management in Long COVID
•  Guides on Returning to Activity and Employment Post-COVID

Impact on Children and Young People

Information is also available on how Long COVID is affecting children and young people, providing insights and support strategies.

Documents

Contact Us

If you are registered with SystmOnline you will be able to view your own Electronic Medical Record (EMR), manage your appointments, request repeat medication, update contact details and message your healthcare service. There is also a SystmOnline app available for Apple and Android devices.

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