How will NHS staff with Long Covid be supported?

How will NHS staff with Long Covid be supported?

In a recent blog post, Patient Safety Learning interviewed Asad Khan, a doctor who has been suffering with persistent symptoms of Covid-19 for more than six months. This is also commonly referred to as Long Covid. 

Asad highlights the pressing need for frontline staff with Long Covid to be better supported moving forward, in order to keep everyone safe from harm. He is certain that he caught the virus while at work through close interaction with infected patients. During the early stages of the pandemic there was a lack of sufficient Personal Protective Equipment, however, the lack of access to the right supplies continued to be an issue several months later.

At least 122,000 health service workers are suffering with Long Covid which not only has huge implications for their personal health and future, but it puts further strain on already understaffed NHS. On top of this, some staff are being pressured to return to their usual work duties too soon, with little consideration for the relapsing nature of this condition.

To find out more about the impact of Long Covid on the NHS you can read the full interview with Asad on the Patient Safety Learning hub: How will NHS staff with Long Covid be supported? – Blogs – Patient Safety Learning – the hub (pslhub.org)

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