Tens of thousands of the most affected coronavirus survivors will be offered online recovery services in the coming months.
The NHS is launching an online portal, Your Covid Recovery, for people suffering from breathing difficulties, muscle damage due to ventilation or mental health problems such as PTSD, anxiety and depression.
From July, everyone will have access to virus recovery advice through the portal. A second phase of personalized services for those in need of special rehabilitation will start later this summer.
The second phase, developed by experts from Leicester, includes patients who are examined by rehabilitation specialists and who perform a six-minute walk test before they can take up to 12 weeks of online follow-up care.
Through the portal, they can speak to nurses and physiotherapists over the phone, join a survivor community, follow exercise tutorials to regain muscle strength and lung function, and access support for mental health.
Patients are given a login to the site, which they can use on their phone, computer or television, and leaflets are also sent to patients who do not have access to a suitable device.
This happened after the first center that provided rehabilitation services to Covid-19 survivors and non-coronavirus patients started treating patients in late May. The NHS Seacole Center in Leatherhead, Surrey.