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By Fiona Reid
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Rise in virus patients seeking rehab

DEMAND is growing for rehabilitation services from people in the region who have had covid.

A report for the NHS board this week revealed that those affected are afterwards reporting symptoms such as cardiovascular, pulmonary and musculoskeletal deconditioning, as well emotional and neurological issues such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, post intensive care syndrome, fatigue and pain.

It said: “In Dumfries and Galloway the impact of the early pandemic was low in comparison to other regions, however recent weeks has seen a significant spike in demand.

“Our respiratory team have, to date, been undertaking the routine follow-up of patients who have been hospitalised with support to manage their ongoing breathlessness and fatigue.

“The timing is as yet still early to fully anticipate the impact of this demand. Given the geography of the region, we plan to maximise the co-ordination of existing services across Dumfries and Galloway rather than to develop new services.”

Meanwhile, the NHS are seeking a mental health covid clinical lead to undertake a review and support hospitalised individuals from a mental health perspective, for the next two to three years.

Support will be offered to those who have had significant respiratory support as part of their illness journey.

Work is also ongoing to explore ways to maximise pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation, with an expected increase in demand for these services too.

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