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General health and wellbeing

From speaking with a number of former Intensive Care patients at a year after getting home, it seems that staying well and healthy and getting out and about are the main concerns. In this section, we've provided links to some general information and sources of support, which we hope you find useful.




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Web Link: "Long Covid" Support

Large numbers of people report suffering from prolonged, debilitating and sometimes serious symptoms following infection with suspected or confirmed Covid-19. This link will take you to a support page with information and resources to help understand and assist in your recovery.

Web Link: 10 today: videos of 10 minute exercises

This link will take you to BBC Radio 5's webpages, where you'll find 10 short videos that will help you get moving and stretching. The exercises are gentle and easy to do at home.

Web Link: Accessing Physiotherapy after an ICU stay

Most often, those recovering from an ICU stay will need some degree of physiotherapy. Here is how to access it where you are.

Web Link: Advice for patients with new-onset anosmia during COVID-19 pandemic

Loss of sense of smell, or anosmia, has a significant impact on quality of life. Typically it affects not only our ability to smell (both good and bad odours) but impairs our ability to detect flavours. Our sense of taste is actually pretty basic – not much more that sweet, sour, salty, bitter or ‘meaty’ (called umami) and this may be unaffected, although many patients also find that this can be affected after COVID-19. We will try to provide some advice for anyone...

Web Link: Befriending Service

Feeling lonely and isolated after being discharged from the ICU unit is very common. Especially if you live alone. Perhaps, enlisting the services of a Befriender could help alleviate some of these feelings. Befriending offers supportive, reliable relationships through volunteer befrienders to people who would otherwise be socially isolated. Around the UK, there are befriending projects which organise effective support for children and young people, families, people with mental...

Web Link: Breathing Space - Mental Health Support

Breathing Space are here in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive space by listening, offering advice and providing information.

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.

Web Link: Conserving your energy after an ICU stay

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