Long Covid is affecting over 180,000 Scots. The after effects of the virus include ,extreme tiredness (fatigue), shortness of breath, loss of smell, muscle aches.
In Scotland the Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) has been awarded £157,000 by the Scottish Government to continue offering expert advice on how to manage long COVID symptoms such as fatigue and breathlessness.
CHSS Interim Chief Executive Allan Cowie said:
“There are 180,000 people living with Long COVID in Scotland today and they desperately need services like this to help them get their lives back.
“CHSS is grateful to the Scottish Government for funding the national CHSS Advice Line. The advice line is a key part of the Pathway service, and this funding means we’re ready and able to work with every health board and GP in Scotland.”
Across Scotland our NHS is providing support for people struggling with long Covid with £3million from the Scottish Government to develop local initiatives.
To contact the CHSS advice line:
- Call 0808 801 0899 (FREE from landlines and mobiles)
- Email email@example.com
- Text NURSE to 66777
Other symptoms of long Covid include:
- problems with your memory and concentration (“brain fog”)
- chest pain or tightness
- difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
- heart palpitations
- 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
Click on this link to find out more: Long-term effects of coronavirus (long COVID)
Speaking about the funding for services supporting people with long Covid in Scotland ,Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said:
“I recognise how debilitating long COVID is for many people across Scotland – it is therefore vital that people can get help to manage their symptoms and know when to escalate and see a doctor.
“Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s service is helping people with long COVID across Scotland from the comfort of their own homes – helping support them sooner and easing the pressure on our NHS over the winter months.”
Click on this link to download a booklet on Long Covid
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