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GeneralNov 19, 2020

Warning issued over staffing pressures on new 'long Covid' units

The British Thoracic Society (BTS) has welcomed NHS plans to open 43 specialist ‘long Covid’ units in England ‘within weeks’ – but raised questions over implementation plans.

The BTS, a charity with more than 3,000 members – some of whom are physiotherapists – was responding to news that NHS England has earmarked £10 million to fund the clinics.

 

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Respiratory professionals should be involved at the 'highest level', says the BTS

The British Thoracic Society (BTS) has welcomed NHS plans to open 43 specialist ‘long Covid’ units in England ‘within weeks’ – but raised questions over implementation plans.

The BTS, a charity with more than 3,000 members – some of whom are physiotherapists – was responding to news that NHS England has earmarked £10 million to fund the clinics.

60,000 people affected by 'long Covid'

The clinics will treat patients who have been hospitalised, officially diagnosed after a test, or who ‘reasonably believe’ they have the condition.

‘Long Covid’, which is thought to affect more than 60,000 people in the UK, can cause continuing fatigue, ‘brain...


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