Eight take part in 'long Covid' pilot
The Herald|December 29, 2021
DESIGNED TO HELP BUILD BACK STRENGTH
ALEX GREEN

EIGHT participants taking part in a long Covid rehabilitation pilot have graduated after completing the 12-week programme.

The pilot - run in partnership by University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) and Plymouth Marjon University - started in August this year, and was designed to help individuals suffering with long Covid build strength and improve their confidence while having fun exercising.

Participants completed two sessions a week at the Marjon Sport and Health Centre, where they had access to facilities such as a gym, pool and outdoor space.

Staff members from UHP were alerted to the impact a programme like this could have during the height of the pandemic while running mini-classes on Covid wards.

Recognising patients were benefiting in ways beyond the physical rehabilitation, the team at UHP decided to create a pilot programme to help treat the mental, emotional, and physical side effects of long Covid, with the intention of running further programmes in the future.

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