Responding to the Welsh Government announcement of a £5m package of support for the long-term effects of COVID-19 as part of the Adferiad (Recovery) programme, Darren Hughes, director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, said:
“We welcome the announcement of additional funding for services treating those suffering from the long-term effects of COVID-19. This will enable the NHS in Wales to expand the provision of diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and care for patients.
“Over the last year, we’ve learnt more about the long-term health implications that coronavirus can have and it’s clear that symptoms are more wide-ranging than first thought. This remains a new virus that we continue to learn about, meaning services will continue to evolve and develop as time goes on.
“The Adferiad (Recovery) programme, alongside the All Wales Guideline for the Management of Long Covid, allows the NHS in Wales to deliver personalised treatment and rehabilitation pathways to meet people’s individual needs by investing in the staff, infrastructure, training and tools to deliver services.
“If you’re experiencing ongoing symptoms of COVID-19, we urge you to download the NHS Wales COVID-19 Recovery App for adults, which has been developed in partnership with patients and Allied Health Professionals.”