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Long COVID Clinic

‘Long COVID’, or ‘Long-Haul COVID’ - is not a medical term, but one used to describe the long-term health impact that can affect recovery time.

At The Runnymede Hospital, we have designed a rehabilitation programme that is tailored around you and your needs. Our COVID rehabilitation clinic is designed help those that are experiencing long-term effects of COVID to overcome symptoms such as chronic fatigue and shortness of breath. Individual programmes are designed to ensure that patients work to regain their strength, come to terms psychologically with their experience, and have the correct care provided to aid their recovery.

Pricing based on minimum package options. 

Pricing will increase for any additional Physiotherapy sessions, consultations or testing

 

INITIAL CONSULTATION                 £200.00

CHEST X-RAY                                  £133.00

STANDARD SPIROMETRY TEST    £187.00

PHYSIO SESSION X 6                     £269.00

TOTAL:                                              £839.00

young female patient on anti gravity treadmill as part of physiotherapy session
Patients who have recovered following a previous positive test result for COVID-19 are finding that they are struggling to get back to normal even months after their positive result. This recovery time applies whether they have recovered from coronavirus at home, in a hospital ward, or an intensive care unit. The extended length of recovery from the virus attack is having a huge impact on their lives and the lives of those around them.

‘Long COVID’, or ‘Long-Haul COVID’ - is not a medical term, but one used inside and outside the medical profession, either way it describes the long-term health impact that can affect recovery time. The lasting effect of COVID is having an impact on more than just respiratory and lung health, patients could experience a mild illness with mild symptoms or their initial recovery could be just the start of long-term problems.

Everyone's recovery is different, which is why we offer a private rehabilitation and treatment plan here at The Runnymede Hospital. Our rehabilitation programme is medically-led - your care and rehabilitation will be overseen by one of our specialist rehabilitation consultants and physiotherapists.

As symptoms differ for each individual, the ongoing symptoms can alter due to a patients' medical history. Common signs and symptoms that linger over time include:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Joint pain
  • Chest pain
  • Memory, concentration or sleep problems
  • Muscle pain or headache
  • Fast or pounding heartbeat
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Fever
  • Dizziness when you stand
  • Worsened symptoms after physical or mental activities

People who needed intensive care unit admission during the initial COVID illness may experience longer term effects of nerve and muscle damage from inactivity and severe illness for an extended time.

Long COVID support groups have members reporting symptoms such as; chronic fatigue, viral fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, and shortness of breath.

The NHS in England has established the "Your COVID Recovery website" to help people that are suffering from Long COVID to manage the effects and lasting symptoms of COVID-19. The advice, for General Practitioners and Long COVID patients, is sourced from medical professionals and those specialising in respiratory medicine.

People suffering from Long COVID have varied experiences. Coronavirus seems to affect people in different ways. We already know that people, who have an underlying health condition, a long term illness or long term health condition, typically are at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19. New emerging evidence shows that there is as varied a range of people who are at risk of the longer-term effects of Long COVID.

Office for National Statistics reported that Long COVID symptoms of any severity were reported by 9.5% of double-vaccinated study participants and 14.6% of socio-demographically similar participants who were unvaccinated when infected According to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, risk factors for Long COVID in adults include female sex, having poor pre-pandemic health and poor general health, suffering from asthma and being overweight or obese. A large amount of people who contracted COVID-19 when it first started to take hold in the UK in March 2020 are still continuing to struggle now.

Dr Shashank Sharma, Respiratory Consultant-  Dr Sharma is a respiratory consultant providing care that is responsive to individual patient needs and goals. With his holistic approach, Dr Sharma helps to manage patients with all types of chronic respiratory conditions. As the lead for Respiratory Medicine at Ashford and St. Peters Hospital Dr Sharma leads the departmental response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and has since developed his own expertise in acute as well as Chronic Long Covid.

Dr Sharma has both a clinical interest and experience in areas such as; COPD, Lung Cancer, Breathlessness and Pulmonary Fibrosis Dr Sharma has been appointed the leading respiratory consultant at our Long Covid clinic here at The Runnymede Hospital.

 

Shireen Dalvie- Clinical Services Manager, Physiotherapy
Shireen qualified in 2000 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. After working in several private healthcare hospitals, she moved to the UK to start working as a senior physiotherapist at the Runnymede Hospital. She has experience in a vast variety of musculoskeletal conditions and post – operative orthopaedic recovery but has a keen interest in shoulder injuries and rehabilitation following  surgery. She adopts a manual approach to her treatments and believes that patient education is paramount to injury prevention and reoccurrence. Shireen has been with the Runnymede for 16 years and has progressed to  Clinical Services Manager of the department. She continues to drive services forward, and offering treatments such as acupuncture, hand therapy, shockwave therapy, musculoskeletal and sports specific rehabilitation as well as introducing sports massage therapy.

Jen Baker- Senior Physiotherapist
Sport and physical fitness have always been Jen’s main area of interest. She obtained a BSc (Hons) in Sports Therapy, and worked with various sports teams including London Irish RC, Chingford RFC, and Waltham Forest F.C, she then decided to pursue an MSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. As a Senior Physiotherapist and Advanced Fitness Instructor Jen has been exposed to diverse learning opportunities. She has acquired additional clinical knowledge throughout all fields of physiotherapy including Respiratory ICU, Neurological, Paediatric and Musculoskeletal physiotherapy. 

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