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Post Covid 19 Syndrome


Background

This service has been established to support people with post-COVID syndrome also known as ‘Post COVID syndrome’.  The pathway has been  developed and will be supported by a cross system team including GP with Specialist Interest, Chronic Fatigue Service, Respiratory, Dietetics, Clinical Health Psychologists, Volunteer Cornwall and patient representation.

The team has established single point access into the service and a pathway based on the latest guidance. People referred into the service will be assessed, triaged for further investigations and/ or onward refer to the most appropriate service.

 


Referral Criteria

Conditions
 
  • Signs and symptoms which develop during or following an infection consistent with COVID-19, continue for more than 12 weeks and are not explained by an alternative diagnosis. PostCOVID syndrome may be considered before 12 weeks while the possibility of an alternative diagnosis is also being assessed,
  • Common post-COVID-19 Syndrome symptoms and signs include fatigue, breathlessness, anxiety/ depression, problems with memory & concentration (brain fog), chest pain, heart palpitations, dizziness, joint pain, earache, high temperature, rashes,
  • Do not exclude people from referral to a multidisciplinary assessment service or for further investigations or specialist input based on the absence of a positive SARS-CoV-2 test (PCR,antigen or antibody).

Procedures Performed
 
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Functional assessment
  • Psychological assessment
  • Rehabilitation
  • Medical systems review with appropriate investigations
  • Service will refer to onward rehab including:
    • Peer support through the HOPE programme
    • Respiratory physio, nursing, pulmonary rehab and dietetics
    • Cardiac rehab
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Psychological / Family therapy intervention

Exclusions
 
  • Acute COVID symptoms
  • Acute severe or worrisome symptoms or deterioration in physical or mental health causing clinical concern which imply need for urgent assessment
  • Patients with previous diagnosis of functional illness unless there is clear evidence of COVID infection and change in symptoms in the context of timing of pandemic

 

Please consider the following investigations:
 
  • Heart rate and rhythm
  • BP
  • Temp.
  • SaO2.
  • Desaturation with activity
  • BMI
  • Urine dip
  • FBC CRP U&E LFT Troponin CK D-dimer BNP Ferritin
  • ECG
  • CXR


How to Refer

Click here for the Post Covid 19 Syndrome Referral Form 
 

RCHT facing practices, please refer into the new Kernow RMS Post-COVID Syndrome (Post COVID syndrome) service on e-RS, which can be found under:

Specialty: Rehabilitation

Clinic Type(s): Neuro-rehabilitation and Not Otherwise Specified

Service Name: KERNOW RMS Clinical Assessment Service - Post-COVID Syndrome (Post COVID syndrome) - KRMS - 11N

 

UHP facing practices, please refer to the existing DRSS respiratory medicine assessment service on e-RS.


 


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