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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: Contact your Local Council

A contact page that will allow you to search and contact your local authorities.

Web Link: Coronavirus resources

Text from site: We’ve put together some useful tips, advice and links to articles that you might find helpful in dealing with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Web Link: Coronavirus Support & Guidance

This link will take you to a resource from Support in Mind Scotland, though the advice contained should be useful to those in every part of the UK. We know this is a very strange time for everyone. We want to do what we can to help people through this, so we've compiled some guidance. Our Information Line is open 9am to 3.30pm Monday-Friday: 0300 323 1545. You can also contact us during the same hours using our Messenger facility.

Web Link: Coronavirus, smoking & mental health

This page contains resources and information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and smoking for professionals working in mental health settings. It will be updated regularly with new resources and information as the situation develops.

Web Link: Coronavirusadvice.scot

A guide to the newest advice on COVID-19 in Scotland.

Web Link: Couch to 5K

This link will take you to the Couch to 5K running plan on the NHS Choices website. It's a free "app" that you can download onto your smartphone, and it's designed to get you off the couch and running in just 9 weeks. It's designed for all ages and abilities-take a look and see what you think!

Web Link: Covid and Long Covid Recovery - Therapy Information Pack

Text From Site: After a period of being unwell, it is very common for recovery to take some time, especially if you have been admitted to hospital. This is also true of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Symptoms of the virus and the effects of an admission to hospital vary from person to person. The advice may be helpful to you as you start your recovery from COVID-19 at home.

Web Link: Covid Mutual Aid UK

Text from site: Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak. Like many other mutual aid communities throughout the world, we focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, to willing volunteers and to those in need. We hope our map and resources can benefit the wider mutual aid community outside the UK. We recognise that injustice doesn’t affect everyone...

Web Link: Covid-19 Survivors Group

COVID-19’s impact can be felt by us all and we are only just beginning to understand some of the long term implications it can have on the physical and mental wellbeing of survivors. At Self Help UK we know that talking to others who have had similar experiences is essential to address concerns felt people who have survived COVID-19.

Web Link: COVID-19: Support for patients and carers

This link will take you to a resource from the Royal College of Psychiatrists Information about how the COVID-19 pandemic affects you and your care.