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Long-COVID

Long-COVID services are available across Greater Manchester. Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is known as Long-COVID, or post-COVID syndrome. Long-COVID does not always go away, it is a condition that needs assessment and treatment. It is important for you to seek help if you need it.


What is Long-COVID?

The amount of time it takes to recover from COVID-19 will be different for everybody. Many people will feel better in a few days or weeks and most will make a full recovery within 12 weeks, but symptoms can last longer for some people.

People who only had mild symptoms can still have long term problems. You don’t need to have had a positive COVID-19 test either, because we know some people had COVID-19 without a positive test.

The top 3 symptoms of Long-COVID are extreme tiredness (fatigue), shortness of breath and problems with memory and concentration (brain fog). You will find more information about symptoms below along with a list of Long-COVID services in Greater Manchester.


Long COVID services in Greater Manchester

If you have Long-COVID, help and support is available. The services you can access will depend on where you are registered with a GP in Greater Manchester.

If you are registered with a GP in Bolton, you can access the following services:

Looking after yourself (self care)

Your COVID Recovery is available at any time and has information for adults, children and young people. Through this website you can find information and advice to help you recover from COVID-19 including physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Long COVID Assessment for children and young people

While the majority of children and young people are not severely affected by COVID, a small number report continued symptoms. The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. If necessary, your GP will be able to refer on to your local hospital paediatric services. If more specialist support is needed, your local hospital will refer on to the specialist service based at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

If your child is aged 16 – 17 years old and isn’t already under the care of Paediatric services, they can be referred direct to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Long COVID Assessment Clinic – for adults

The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. Many patients with Long COVID can be supported effectively by their GP.

If your GP feels you need further support, they can refer you to your local Long COVID assessment clinic.

Your local Long COVID assessment clinic is run by NHS Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. They provide a mixture of online and face to face appointments at Breightmet Health Centre, Breightmet Fold lane, Bolton, BL2 6NT.

This service accepts self-referrals or referrals from GPs. You can find more information including referral details by clicking here.

Once you are assessed in the Long COVID assessment clinic, if you require more specialist input this will be discussed and agreed with you.

Mental Health – for adults

You can access the Post-COVID Syndrome Service provided by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

This service provides support for adults age 18+ living with the lasting effects and impact of a probable COVID-19 infection on psychological wellbeing and daily functioning (including cognitive function).

If you are registered with a GP in Bolton, you can refer yourself to the service or ask your GP to refer you. For more information including the referral link click here.

Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support

If you are aged 18 or over, you can join Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support. There are weekly peer support meetings and a WhatsApp group that brings people together with shared experiences of living with Long-COVID. These are safe and confidential spaces where members support and guide each other. If you are interested in joining the peer support group, please register online or email contact@gmlongcovid.org for more information.

Long-COVID Fatigue Psychology Service

The Long COVID Fatigue Psychology service supports patients living with fatigue following a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.  The team provide individualised support to manage symptoms associated with fatigue and the impact this can have on psychological wellbeing.

The service supports adults across all of the Greater Manchester boroughs.

Referrals can be made via your GP or other healthcare professional involved in your care.  For more information and how to refer, please visit the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust website for the Long COVID fatigue psychology service.

 

If you are registered with a GP in Bury, you can access the following services:

Looking after yourself (self care)

Your COVID Recovery is available at any time and has information for adults, children and young people. Through this website you can find information and advice to help you recover from COVID-19 including physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Long-COVID assessment for children and young people

While the majority of children and young people are not severely affected by COVID, a small number report continued symptoms. The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. If necessary, your GP will be able to refer on to your local hospital paediatric services. If more specialist support is needed, your local hospital will refer on to the specialist service based at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

If your child is aged 16 – 17 years old and isn’t already under the care of Paediatric services, they can be referred direct to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Long COVID Assessment Clinic – for adults

The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. Many patients with Long COVID can be supported effectively by their GP.

If your GP feels you need further support, they can refer you to your local Long COVID assessment clinic.

Your local Long COVID assessment clinic is run by Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust.

The service is located at Radcliffe Primary Care Centre, 69 Church Street West, Radcliffe, M26 2SP.

To access this service, your GP needs to refer you.

Once you are assessed in the Long COVID assessment clinic, if you require more specialist input this will be discussed and agreed with you.

Mental Health – for adults

If you are registered with a GP in Bury, you can access the Psychological Medicine Post-COVID service provided by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

This service provides support for adults age 18+ living with the lasting effects and impact of a probable COVID-19 infection.

To access this service, you must be referred by a health or care professional. They can find more details here.

Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support

If you are aged 18 or over, you can join Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support. There are weekly peer support meetings and a WhatsApp group that brings people together with shared experiences of living with Long-COVID. These are safe and confidential spaces where members support and guide each other. If you are interested in joining the peer support group, please register online or email contact@gmlongcovid.org for more information.

Long-COVID Fatigue Psychology Service

The Long COVID Fatigue Psychology service supports patients living with fatigue following a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.  The team provide individualised support to manage symptoms associated with fatigue and the impact this can have on psychological wellbeing.

The service supports adults across all of the Greater Manchester boroughs.

Referrals can be made via your GP or other healthcare professional involved in your care.  For more information and how to refer, please visit the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust website for the Long COVID fatigue psychology service.

If you are registered with a GP in Manchester, you can access the following services:

Looking after yourself (self care)

Your COVID Recovery is available at any time and has information for adults, children and young people. Through this website you can find information and advice to help you recover from COVID-19 including physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Long-COVID assessment for children and young people

While the majority of children and young people are not severely affected by COVID, a small number report continued symptoms. The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. If necessary, your GP will be able to refer on to your local hospital paediatric services. The specialist service for children and young people is based at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Long COVID Assessment Clinic – for adults

The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. Many patients with Long COVID can be supported effectively by their GP.

If your GP feels you need further support, they can refer you to your local Long COVID assessment clinic.

Your local Long COVID assessment clinic is run by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

This is a joint service for residents living in Manchester and Trafford with clinics located at:

  • North Manchester Gen Hospital, Delaunays Road, Crumpsall, Manchester M8 5RB
  • Wythenshawe Hospital, Southmoor Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester M23 9LT
  • Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL

To access this service, your GP needs to refer you.

Once you are assessed in the Long COVID assessment clinic, if you require more specialist input this will be discussed and agreed with you.

Mental Health – for adults

Post-COVID Syndrome Service provided by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

This service provides support for adults age 18+ living with the lasting effects and impact of a probable COVID-19 infection on psychological wellbeing and daily functioning (including cognitive function).

If you are registered with a GP in Manchester, you can refer yourself to the service or ask your GP to refer you. For more information including the referral link click here.

Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support

If you are aged 18 or over, you can join Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support. There are weekly peer support meetings and a WhatsApp group that brings people together with shared experiences of living with Long-COVID. These are safe and confidential spaces where members support and guide each other. If you are interested in joining the peer support group, please register online or email contact@gmlongcovid.org for more information.

Long COVID-Fatigue Psychology Service

The Long COVID Fatigue Psychology service supports patients living with fatigue following a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.  The team provide individualised support to manage symptoms associated with fatigue and the impact this can have on psychological wellbeing.

The service supports adults across all of the Greater Manchester boroughs.

Referrals can be made via your GP or other healthcare professional involved in your care.  For more information and how to refer, please visit the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust website for the Long COVID fatigue psychology service.

If you are registered with a GP in Oldham, you can access the following services:

Looking after yourself (self care)

Your COVID Recovery is available at any time and has information for adults, children and young people. Through this website you can find information and advice to help you recover from COVID-19 including physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Long-COVID assessment for children and young people

While the majority of children and young people are not severely affected by COVID, a small number report continued symptoms. The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. If necessary, your GP will be able to refer on to your local hospital paediatric services. If more specialist support is needed, your local hospital will refer on to the specialist service based at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

If your child is aged 16 – 17 years old and isn’t already under the care of Paediatric services, they can be referred direct to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Long COVID Assessment Clinic – for adults

The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. Many patients with Long COVID can be supported effectively by their GP.

If your GP feels you need further support, they can refer you to your local Long COVID assessment clinic.

Your local Long COVID assessment clinic is run by Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust.

The Oldham Long COVID service is based at the Chest Clinic at Royal Oldham Hospital. They offer initial virtual (online) appointments and are starting face to face initial appointments at community venues in Oldham such as Royton and Glodwick in October of 2022.

After this initial assessment if you require more specialist input this will be discussed and agreed with you prior to onward referral. Some of the other specialist services include:

  • Face to face Long COVID Rehabilitation- 6-week exercise and Education programme.
  • Consultant speciality clinics.
  • A fatigue service, appointments available virtually or face to face.

To access this service, your GP needs to refer you.

Once you are assessed in the Long COVID assessment clinic, if you require more specialist input this will be discussed and agreed with you.

Mental Health – for adults

If you are registered with a GP in Oldham, you can access the Psychological Medicine Post-COVID service provided by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

This service provides support for adults age 18+ living with the lasting effects and impact of a probable COVID-19 infection.

To access this service, you must be referred by a health or care professional. They can find more details here.

Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support

If you are aged 18 or over, you can join Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support. There are weekly peer support meetings and a WhatsApp group that brings people together with shared experiences of living with Long-COVID. These are safe and confidential spaces where members support and guide each other. If you are interested in joining the peer support group, please register online or email contact@gmlongcovid.org for more information.

Long-COVID Fatigue Psychology Service

The Long COVID Fatigue Psychology service supports patients living with fatigue following a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.  The team provide individualised support to manage symptoms associated with fatigue and the impact this can have on psychological wellbeing.

The service supports adults across all of the Greater Manchester boroughs.

Referrals can be made via your GP or other healthcare professional involved in your care.  For more information and how to refer, please visit the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust website for the Long COVID fatigue psychology service.

If you are registered with a GP in Rochdale, you can access the following services:

Looking after yourself (self care)

Your COVID Recovery is available at any time and has information for adults, children and young people. Through this website you can find information and advice to help you recover from COVID-19 including physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Long-COVID assessment for children and young people

While the majority of children and young people are not severely affected by COVID, a small number report continued symptoms. The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. If necessary, your GP will be able to refer on to your local hospital paediatric services. If more specialist support is needed, your local hospital will refer on to the specialist service based at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

If your child is aged 16 – 17 years old and isn’t already under the care of Paediatric services, they can be referred direct to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Long COVID Assessment Clinic – for adults

The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. Many patients with Long COVID can be supported effectively by their GP.

If your GP feels you need further support, they can refer you to your local Long COVID assessment clinic.

Your local Long COVID assessment clinic is run by Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust. There are clinics at different days and times at the following locations:

  • Rochdale infirmary, Community Services Hub, Whitehall St, Rochdale, OL12 0NB
  • Callaghan house, Cross Street, Heywood, OL10 1PR

All initial assessments are done via telephone. To access this service, your GP needs to refer you.

Once you are assessed in the Long COVID assessment clinic, if you require more specialist input this will be discussed and agreed with you.

Mental Health – for adults

If you are registered with a GP in Rochdale, you can access the Psychological Medicine Post-COVID service provided by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

This service provides support for adults age 18+ living with the lasting effects and impact of a probable COVID-19 infection.

To access this service, you must be referred by a health or care professional. They can find more details here.

Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support

If you are aged 18 or over, you can join Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support. There are weekly peer support meetings and a WhatsApp group that brings people together with shared experiences of living with Long-COVID. These are safe and confidential spaces where members support and guide each other. If you are interested in joining the peer support group, please register online or email contact@gmlongcovid.org for more information.

Long-COVID Fatigue Psychology Service

The Long COVID Fatigue Psychology service supports patients living with fatigue following a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.  The team provide individualised support to manage symptoms associated with fatigue and the impact this can have on psychological wellbeing.

The service supports adults across all of the Greater Manchester boroughs.

Referrals can be made via your GP or other healthcare professional involved in your care.  For more information and how to refer, please visit the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust website for the Long COVID fatigue psychology service.

If you are registered with a GP in Salford, you can access the following services:

Looking after yourself (self care)

Your COVID Recovery is available at any time and has information available for adults, children and young people. Through this website you can find information and advice to help you recover from COVID-19 including physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Long-COVID assessment for children and young people

While the majority of children and young people are not severely affected by COVID, a small number report continued symptoms. The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. If necessary, your GP will be able to refer on to your local hospital paediatric services. If more specialist support is needed, your local hospital will refer on to the specialist service based at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

If your child is aged 16 – 17 years old and isn’t already under the care of Paediatric services, they can be referred direct to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Long COVID Assessment Clinic – for adults

The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. Many patients with Long COVID can be supported effectively by their GP.

If your GP feels you need further support, they can refer you to your local Long COVID assessment clinic.

Your local Long COVID assessment clinic is run by Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Assessment Clinic located at Lance Burn Health Centre, Churchill Way, Salford, M6 5QX
  • Rehabilitation Clinical located at University of Salford – Frederick Road Campus

To access these services, your GP needs to refer you.

Once you are assessed in the Long COVID assessment clinic, if you require more specialist input this will be discussed and agreed with you.

Mental Health – for adults

Post-COVID Syndrome Service provided by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

This service provides support for adults age 18+ living with the lasting effects and impact of a probable COVID-19 infection on psychological wellbeing and daily functioning (including cognitive function).

If you are registered with a GP in Salford, you can refer yourself to the service or ask your GP to refer you. For more information including the referral link click here.

Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support

If you are aged 18 or over, you can join Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support. There are weekly peer support meetings and a WhatsApp group that brings people together with shared experiences of living with Long-COVID. These are safe and confidential spaces where members support and guide each other. If you are interested in joining the peer support group, please register online or email contact@gmlongcovid.org for more information.

Long-COVID Fatigue Psychology Service

The Long COVID Fatigue Psychology service supports patients living with fatigue following a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.  The team provide individualised support to manage symptoms associated with fatigue and the impact this can have on psychological wellbeing.

The service supports adults across all of the Greater Manchester boroughs.

Referrals can be made via your GP or other healthcare professional involved in your care.  For more information and how to refer, please visit the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust website for the Long COVID fatigue psychology service.

If you are registered with a GP in Stockport, you can access the following services:

Looking after yourself (self care)

Your COVID Recovery is available at any time and has information for adults, children and young people. Through this website you can find information and advice to help you recover from COVID-19 including physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Long-COVID assessment for children and young people

While the majority of children and young people are not severely affected by COVID, a small number report continued symptoms. The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. If necessary, your GP will be able to refer on to your local hospital paediatric services. If more specialist support is needed, your local hospital will refer on to the specialist service based at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

If your child is aged 16 – 17 years old and isn’t already under the care of Paediatric services, they can be referred direct to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Click the links below to access animated videos to support children and young people with long COVID:

Long COVID Assessment Clinic – for adults

The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. Many patients with Long COVID can be supported effectively by their GP.

If your GP feels you need further support, they can refer you to your local Long COVID assessment clinic.

Your local Long COVID assessment clinic is provided by Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.

It is located at Romiley Health Centre, Chichester Rd, Romiley, Stockport, SK6 4QR.

To access this service, your GP needs to refer you.

Once you are assessed in the Long COVID assessment clinic, if you require more specialist input this will be discussed and agreed with you.

Mental Health – for adults

If you are registered with a GP in Stockport, you can access the Psychological Medicine Post-COVID service provided by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

This service provides support for adults age 18+ living with the lasting effects and impact of a probable COVID-19 infection.

To access this service, you must be referred by a health or care professional. They can find more details here.

Stockport’s Long COVID Peer Support Group

This is a friendly and supportive non-medical group offering a place to share experiences, chat, listen, cry, laugh and hear from guest speakers.

The group meets:

  • every Wednesday on Zoom from 11.30am to 12.30pm. It’s a drop in so you can just join when you feel like it.
  • for a drop in coffee morning on the third Monday of every month, apart from Bank Holidays, from 10.30am to 11.30am at Vernon Park Cafe, Turncroft Lane, SK1 4AR.

For more information about the group and to join the Zoom call, email marie.omalley@stockport.gov.uk or call 07800 618570.

We can also help you get online so do not let this put you off joining.

Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support

If you are aged 18 or over, you can join Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support. There are weekly peer support meetings and a WhatsApp group that brings people together with shared experiences of living with Long-COVID. These are safe and confidential spaces where members support and guide each other. If you are interested in joining the peer support group, please register online or email contact@gmlongcovid.org for more information.

Long-COVID Fatigue Psychology Service

The Long COVID Fatigue Psychology service supports patients living with fatigue following a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.  The team provide individualised support to manage symptoms associated with fatigue and the impact this can have on psychological wellbeing.

The service supports adults across all of the Greater Manchester boroughs.

Referrals can be made via your GP or other healthcare professional involved in your care.  For more information and how to refer, please visit the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust website for the Long COVID fatigue psychology service.

If you are registered with a GP in Tameside, you can access the following services:

Looking after yourself (self care)

Your COVID Recovery is available at any time and has information for adults, children and young people. Through this website you can find information and advice to help you recover from COVID-19 including physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Long-COVID assessment for children and young people

While the majority of children and young people are not severely affected by COVID, a small number report continued symptoms. The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. If necessary, your GP will be able to refer on to your local hospital paediatric services. If more specialist support is needed, your local hospital will refer on to the specialist service based at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

If your child is aged 16 – 17 years old and isn’t already under the care of Paediatric services, they can be referred direct to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Long COVID Assessment Clinic – for adults

The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. Many patients with Long COVID can be supported effectively by their GP.

If your GP feels you need further support, they can refer you to your local Long COVID assessment clinic.

Your local Long COVID assessment clinic is run by Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.

It is located at the hospital on Fountain Street, Ashton Under Lynne, OL9 6RW.

To access this service, your GP needs to refer you.

Once you are assessed in the Long COVID assessment clinic, if you require more specialist input this will be discussed and agreed with you.

Mental Health  – for adults

If you are registered with a GP in Tameside or Glossop, you can access the Psychological Medicine Post-COVID service provided by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

This service provides support for adults age 18+ living with the lasting effects and impact of a probable COVID-19 infection.

To access this service, you must be referred by a health or care professional. They can find more details here.

Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support

If you are aged 18 or over, you can join Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support. There are weekly peer support meetings and a WhatsApp group that brings people together with shared experiences of living with Long-COVID. These are safe and confidential spaces where members support and guide each other. If you are interested in joining the peer support group, please register online or email contact@gmlongcovid.org for more information.

Long-COVID Fatigue Psychology Service

The Long COVID Fatigue Psychology service supports patients living with fatigue following a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.  The team provide individualised support to manage symptoms associated with fatigue and the impact this can have on psychological wellbeing.

The service supports adults across all of the Greater Manchester boroughs.

Referrals can be made via your GP or other healthcare professional involved in your care.  For more information and how to refer, please visit the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust website for the Long COVID fatigue psychology service.

If you are registered with a GP in Trafford, you can access the following services:

Looking after yourself (self care)

Your COVID Recovery is available at any time and has information for adults, children and young people. Through this website you can find information and advice to help you recover from COVID-19 including physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Long-COVID assessment for children and young people

While the majority of children and young people are not severely affected by COVID, a small number report continued symptoms. The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. If necessary, your GP will be able to refer on to your local hospital paediatric services. If more specialist support is needed, your local hospital will refer on to the specialist service based at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

If your child is aged 16 – 17 years old and isn’t already under the care of Paediatric services, they can be referred direct to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Long COVID Assessment Clinic – for adults

The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. Many patients with Long COVID can be supported effectively by their GP.

If your GP feels you need further support, they can refer you to your local Long COVID assessment clinic.

Your local Long COVID assessment clinic is run by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

This is a joint service for residents living in Manchester and Trafford with clinics located at:

  • North Manchester Gen Hospital, Delaunays Road, Crumpsall, Manchester M8 5RB
  • Wythenshawe Hospital, Southmoor Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester M23 9LT
  • Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL

To access this service, your GP needs to refer you.

Once you are assessed in the Long COVID assessment clinic, if you require more specialist input this will be discussed and agreed with you.

Mental Health – for adults

Post-COVID Syndrome Service provided by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

This service provides support for adults age 18+ living with the lasting effects and impact of a probable COVID-19 infection on psychological wellbeing and daily functioning (including cognitive function).

If you are registered with a GP in Trafford, you can refer yourself to the service or ask your GP to refer you. For more information including the referral link click here.

Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support

If you are aged 18 or over, you can join Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support. There are weekly peer support meetings and a WhatsApp group that brings people together with shared experiences of living with Long-COVID. These are safe and confidential spaces where members support and guide each other. If you are interested in joining the peer support group, please register online or email contact@gmlongcovid.org for more information.

Long COVID Fatigue Psychology Service

The Long COVID Fatigue Psychology service supports patients living with fatigue following a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.  The team provide individualised support to manage symptoms associated with fatigue and the impact this can have on psychological wellbeing.

The service supports adults across all of the Greater Manchester boroughs.

Referrals can be made via your GP or other healthcare professional involved in your care.  For more information and how to refer, please visit the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust website for the Long COVID fatigue psychology service.

If you are registered with a GP in Wigan Borough, you can access the following services:

Looking after yourself (self care)

Your COVID Recovery is available at any time and has information for adults, children and young people. Through this website you can find information and advice to help you recover from COVID-19 including physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

Long-COVID assessment for children and young people

While the majority of children and young people are not severely affected by COVID, a small number report continued symptoms. The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. If necessary, your GP will be able to refer on to your local hospital paediatric services. If more specialist support is needed, your local hospital will refer on to the specialist service based at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

If your child is aged 16 – 17 years old and isn’t already under the care of Paediatric services, they can be referred direct to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Long COVID Assessment Clinic – for adults

The first step would be to contact your GP practice for a review. Many patients with Long COVID can be supported effectively by their GP.

If your GP feels you need further support, they can refer you to your local Long COVID assessment clinic.

Your local Long COVID assessment clinic is provided by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The service is located at:

  • Golborne Clinic, Lowton Road, Golborne, WA3 3EG.
  • Thomas Linacre Centre, Parsons Walk, Wigan, WN1 1RU

To access this service, your GP needs to refer you.

Once you are assessed in the Long COVID assessment clinic, if you require more specialist input this will be discussed and agreed with you.

Mental Health – for adults

Post-COVID Syndrome Service provided by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

This service provides support for adults age 18+ living with the lasting effects and impact of a probable COVID-19 infection on psychological wellbeing and daily functioning (including cognitive function).

If you are registered with a GP in Wigan Borough, you can refer yourself to the service or ask your GP to refer you. For more information including the referral link click here.

Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support

If you are aged 18 or over, you can join Greater Manchester Long-COVID Support. There are weekly peer support meetings and a WhatsApp group that brings people together with shared experiences of living with Long-COVID. These are safe and confidential spaces where members support and guide each other. If you are interested in joining the peer support group, please register online or email contact@gmlongcovid.org for more information.

Long COVID Fatigue Psychology Service

The Long COVID Fatigue Psychology service supports patients living with fatigue following a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.  The team provide individualised support to manage symptoms associated with fatigue and the impact this can have on psychological wellbeing.

The service supports adults across all of the Greater Manchester boroughs.

Referrals can be made via your GP or other healthcare professional involved in your care.  For more information and how to refer, please visit the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust website for the Long COVID fatigue psychology service.

 


What are the symptoms of Long-COVID?

There are a number of symptoms you can have after COVID-19 infection. You may have one or more of these symptoms and you may find they change over time. The 3 most common symptoms of Long-COVID are:

  • extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • shortness of breath
  • problems with memory and concentration (“brain fog”)

Some of the other symptoms you may experience are:

  • chest pain or tightness
  • difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
  • heart palpitations
  • dizziness
  • pins and needles
  • joint pain
  • depression and anxiety
  • tinnitus, earaches
  • feeling sick, diarrhoea, stomach aches, loss of appetite
  • a high temperature, cough, headaches, sore throat, changes to sense of smell or taste
  • rashes

Are some people more likely to get Long-COVID?

Anyone can be affected with Long-COVID, including children. There seem to be some groups of people who are more likely to be affected by Long COVID including:

  • People with pre-existing mental health issues
  • People with pre-existing physical illnesses
  • People age 40 – 60 years
  • People who are peri menopausal
  • People from African and Caribbean ethnicity

Long COVID care website

This website can be used as a tool to help people living with Long COVID to talk about their symptoms so they can get care and support.

Visit the website Visit the website

I have Long-COVID and want to help with research?

Professor Nawar Bakerly, Respiratory Consultant based at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust is leading on long COVID research in Greater Manchester. He is actively looking for people who have developed Long-COVID in Greater Manchester and want to help.

If you want to help, please click here to register your interested on the Research for the Future website.

Once registered on this secure website, which is held within the NHS database at the Northern Care Alliance, the research for the future team can invite you to participate in research projects that are relevant to you. This may not always happen immediately after your registration but may take few weeks or months depending on available research projects. You can always change your mind even after registering.

There are many different types of research you could get involved in, including:

  • helping to design a study
  • being part of a discussion group
  • completing a survey
  • helping to test new equipment, or
  • being involved in a clinical trial.

For more information and to register please visit www.researchforthefuture.org/register or text RESEARCH and YOUR NAME to 81400


Long Covid Advice Leaflet (in different languages)

 


Links to further information and support

The NHS website has information on the long-term effects of Coronavirus (Long COVID). Click here to visit.

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