NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) Integrated Care System (ICS) has been awarded additional national funding for their Post Covid Assessment Service (PCAS) which supports people with long COVID.
The service is located at Whaddon Medical Centre, Bletchley.
The terms ‘post COVID-19 syndrome’ or ‘long COVID’ are given to people who have symptoms lasting at least 12 weeks after the original infection.
There are many symptoms people can have after a COVID-19 infection. Including problems with breathing, ongoing fatigue with “brain fog” and heart symptoms, such as palpitations and chest pain.
Across BLMK, about 20 to 30 people per week are being referred to the PCAS since it launched in December 2020.
It is estimated that over two million people, almost 6% of the population across the UK, have experienced long COVID.
Dr Andrew Potter, GP at Whaddon Medical Centre, said:
“We have seen a variety of patients, from all over BLMK, with life changing symptoms after COVID. It continues to have a considerable impact on people’s day to day lives. We have built an experienced team of expert clinicians to help treat and guide your recovery.
“Since the service launched, we have treated over 750 people in BLMK. It’s vital that residents talk to their GP if they are worried that they are experiencing long COVID so they can be referred to us. We’re here to help you.”
Hundreds of people have found that the PCAS at Whaddon Medical Centre has helped with managing their long COVID.
The funding will help to increase the capacity of the service, the majority will be spent on staffing including GPs, nurses, physiotherapists, an occupational therapist and improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT).
To access the service please speak to your GP so you can be referred.
For more information on PCAS please visit Post Covid Assessment Service.