Post-COVID Syndrome Service

Mental Health and Wellbeing Support for those Living with Post-COVID Syndrome

 

The Post-COVID Syndrome Service provides a multi-disciplinary stepped care pathway for adults living with the lasting effects and impact of a probable COVID-19 infection on physical and psychological wellbeing and daily functioning (including cognitive function).

‘Post-COVID Syndrome' (also known as 'Long COVID') describes signs or symptoms that have persisted beyond 12 weeks of an infection consistent with COVID-19 and no alternative explanation for this has been found.  Post-COVID Syndrome can affect different systems in the body and symptoms can fluctuate and change over time.

In the Post-COVID Syndrome service, our aim is to work alongside you to find ways to manage persisting symptoms and to discover what changes can be made to help make a meaningful difference to your wellbeing and quality of life.

 

Our Team

Our team is made up of different professionals. Most of our team are Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, CBT therapists and Psychological Therapists trained in providing psychological assessment and therapies. The team also consists of a Clinical Health Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, Psychiatrist and Pharmacist who can offer involvement where appropriate for your needs. 

We aim to work alongside your GP and other local health services to ensure your care is being provided in a joined-up way.

Common symptoms

Symptoms and signs of Post-COVID Syndrome include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Breathlessness
  • Cough
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain/tightness
  • Brain fog - a term used to describe any of the following: poor concentration, forgetfulness, thinking more slowly than usual, lost words, feeling confused and/or mental fatigue.
  • Headache
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Hair loss
  • Skin rashes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Who is the service for?

The Post-COVID Syndrome Service accepts self-referrals and referrals from professionals across the GMMH footprint.  We provide a service to those:

  • Living with the lasting effects and significant impact of a probable COVID-19 infection on physical well-being, psychological well-being and daily functioning (including cognitive function);
  • Who have been assessed by their GP or medical team regarding post-COVID-related signs and symptoms;
  • Over the age of 18 years;
  • Registered with a GP in Manchester, Salford, Trafford, Bolton or Wigan.

Depending on need, the service may recommend onward referral or signposting to other services.  This might include referral to secondary care mental health services, drug and alcohol services or urgent care services.

 

For self-referrals, please click here.

For professional referrals, please click here.

Useful resources

NHS England Resources

NHS England & Improvement - 'What is Post-COVID Syndrome?' and more information:  Coronavirus » Post-COVID Syndrome (Long COVID) (england.nhs.uk)

NHS England - Your COVID Recovery 'Long COVID' Resource:  YCR-01-Long-Covid.pdf (yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk)

NHS England - Your COVID Recovery 'Managing Your Mood and Coping with Frustration' Resource:  Managing Your Mood and Coping with Frustration | Your COVID Recovery

 

24/7 Helpline

Although things are changing very quickly, here at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, we are still here to respond to the needs of everyone, including our service users and their carers.

We know you still need us, so we have extended our helpline to 24/7 which you can call any time, day or night, if you feel your mental health is beginning to suffer. Our helpline is now free to use and available to everyone.

Bolton, Salford, Trafford, City of Manchester: 0800 953 0285 ​

Wigan: 0800 051 3253