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Moving on

Recovery can sometimes take quite some time, although everyone is different. It is fair to say that we probably know the least about longer term recovery. This is largely because the current research recommendations are to follow patients up for "at least 6 months" after Intensive Care. Also, much of the research that has been done has tended to use questionnaires which, although very useful, may not tell us enough about what recovery is like for patients in their everyday lives.

Having spoken to a number of patients at one year after hospital discharge, however, it seems that while some may have lingering physical and psychological issues after being in Intensive Care, many have learned to live with them. The main focus at this time would appear to be keeping well, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and getting out and about. For some, the "anniversary" of their time in Intensive Care can prompt them to reflect on their emotional journey. In this section, we've provided some links to general information and advice. We hope you find it useful.


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Web Link: British Lung Foundation: Managing a cough

Text from site: While recovering from coronavirus, you might continue to have a cough for some time. On this page, we explain how you can manage a dry cough and a cough with phlegm.

Web Link: CALM

Text from site: The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. CALM exists to change this.

Web Link: Carers' Assessment (NHS Choices)

When someone ends up Intensive Care, close family and friends are also affected. They play a very important part in the patients' recovery after they go home.Given the importance of their involvement, the government has ensured that they have certain rights that, by law, must be met. Close family or close friends are often called "carers" by health and social care services, and most have a legal right to an assessment of their own needs. That includes things like...

Web Link: Caring for yourself after coronavirus (COVID-19)

Text from site: This booklet gives information about recovering from coronavirus. It gives practical advice on the areas that people recovering from coronavirus have told us are difficult. We suggest you use it as a self-management guide. Work through it, section by section, and try to use some of the suggestions in your own personal recovery plan. Try to focus on the symptoms that are affecting you the most. At the end there is advice on where to seek more help if you need it.

Web Link: Centre for Mental Health: Resources & Information

In times of uncertainty, it's more important than ever that we take care of our mental health and look out for people living with mental illness. While the current circumstances make this more challenging, even small gestures and actions can make a difference. There are some useful resources below on how we can take care of ourselves and others and get through this together.

Web Link: Chartered Institute of Physiotherapists

A guide to finding a physiotherapist in the UK which includes a directory of services and conditions that they treat.

Web Link: Children’s Guide to Coronavirus

There have been big changes in our lives because of coronavirus, so we’ve created a children’s guide to coronavirus to help explain the situation. The guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

Web Link: Clearing your lungs

A guide to clearing your lungs during recovery from COVID-19.

External Video: Common issues after getting home

Video length: 22:30 (Watch now or tap the button above to add this resource to your personal library to watch later) In this video, Anne talks about her role as a follow up nurse at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. She sees patients after they've been discharged from hospital and talks about the common issues patients and families face during this time.

Web Link: Conserving your energy after an ICU stay

A guide to conserving energy during your recovery from your COVID-19 infection.