|Title:||The activity of an acute hospital’s post-COVID19 physiotherapy service from April to October 2021|
|Author(s):||K. O'Brien, C. Bannan, P. Nadarajan, B. Kent, L. Townsend.|
|Institution:||St. James's Hospital|
|Poster:||Click to view poster|
|Abstract:||Little is known about the rehabilitation needs of those who are recovering from COVID-19. The aim of this study is to describe the activity of a post COVID-19 physiotherapy service in a large acute teaching hospital.|
In May 2020, a post COVID-19 multidisciplinary clinic was established to provide follow-up care to both patients and staff members who tested positive for COVID-19. The physiotherapist’s role at this weekly clinic is to assess patients’ physical functioning during their recovery from COVID-19. The physiotherapy assessment includes collection of information on baseline/current exercise levels and return to work status as well as an evaluation of any persistent symptoms. Following assessment, a plan of care is developed.
Between April and August 2021, 117 patients were referred to the physiotherapy service. 20% (n=24) were given advice on their recovery trajectory and education on returning to physical activity and discharged at the time of initial assessment. 21% (n=25) were referred to community based services including post COVID-19 community rehabilitation. 34% (n=40) were enrolled onto a 6-week virtual exercise programme. 24.5% (n=28) were followed-up for 1:1 physiotherapy sessions for more individualised care.
As post COVID-19 rehabilitation models of care begin to emerge, this study will inform the follow-up rehabilitation needs of this new patient cohort.