What does long covid teach us about how we treat chronic disease – a professional and personal account, Dr Amy Small

“I got sick in April 2020. A couple of days later, my husband Mathieu started to feel unwell and then my two boys became ill one after the other. And I just didn’t get better. Mathieu had different symptoms from me, but he too just didn’t get better. “For me, the fatigue was relentless. It was tiring simply to do anything. I tried to go back to work part-time. I did half a day of paperwork on the Monday and a normal surgery on the Tuesday morning. That put me in bed for 10 days.

It was like the battery being empty on your phone. You look and you’ve got 1 percent and it just can’t do anything.” Dr Amy Small  

Long Covid is a term which is used to describe the effects of Covid-19 which continue for weeks or months beyond the initial illness. In the UK alone,  an estimated 1.3 million people have been affected. Although those aged between 35 and 49 have the highest share of reported Long Covid cases, all age groups can be susceptible. Now, nearly 2 years into the pandemic, Long Covid is taking the top spot for one of the main causes of long-term sickness absence in UK workplaces. However, a fifth of employers are still reporting a lack of understanding of Long Covid, which is ultimately causing an underestimation of it in the workplace.   

Here at Pogo Digital Healthcare, we recognise the impact of Long Covid on the lives of many across Britain, and we see the value in encouraging more open conversations about the issue at hand. In saying this, on Wednesday the 9th March at 12.00 noon, we will be hosting a webinar, with NHS GP and Long Covid patient, Amy Small. 

Dr Amy Small is a GP in Lothian. She was a partner for 10 years before getting covid-19 and subsequent long covid. She is currently clinical advisor to Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) and is now working as a locum GP in Midlothian as she continues her recovery. Her illness has opened the door to looking at chronic disease in more depth and how we can support people living with long term conditions. She has been working on a joint project with Pogo Studios, NHS Lothian and CHSS helping to design an app that will help patients living with long covid, to have access to Tailored Talks and further support from the CHSS advice line team. She is a mum to 2 little boys and her husband also suffers from long covid. 

We will be discussing what long covid teaches us about the treatment of chronic disease from a professional and personal perspective. Amy will also be doing a Q&A to answer all of your questions around the topic.  

The event will be hosted live over Zoom, and you can register your attendance here ( https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/pogo-digital-healthcare-42255712853 . If you have any questions, please contact us on 07500 707687 or info@pogo-studio.com 

We look forward to meeting you soon! 

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For a full list of common Long Covid symptoms, please visit the NHS website here. 

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