Covid-19 Recovery Hub
Through our Covid Recovery Hub, we’re working with partner organisations to offer a wide range of services aimed at helping both individual patients and the NHS to recover from the impact of Covid-19. Here’s what we're doing:
Working with York Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), since the pandemic began we’ve made daily welfare calls to thousands of local people who are self-isolating to see how they’re coping with their symptoms/illness, and ensure that they can access food and medical supplies.
We offer patients at higher risk from Covid-19, such as older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women, the opportunity to monitor their oxygen levels at home using a device called an oximeter that they can use on their fingertip. We also offer them guidance on when to seek additional medical advice.
From February 2022, we’ll be helping York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to ensure that patients with Long Covid are able to access the NHS resources that they need to recover. We also help patients to understand when they need to highlight any concerns they may have about their recovery. This involves contacting them are regular intervals to tell them what signs to look out for and when to contact their GP if they’re not recovering as well as we’d like them to.
We’re also working with City of York Council and York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to develop a support system for people who are on hospital waiting lists. We want to ensure that patients who are waiting for an operation are as well as they can be when they’re due to have their surgery. This means checking their blood pressure, carrying out blood tests and doing all we can to ensure that they are well enough to have their operation when the time comes.
We provide medical care to patients at Peppermill Court in York, a 12-bed, step-down unit for people with Covid-19 who are discharged from hospital but not well enough to go home.
The unit was set up by City of York Council in partnership with York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and is a residential unit for people who are well enough to be discharged from hospital but have Covid-19 and still require some medical care. Patients are typically discharged from the unit once they’ve completed their period of isolation.
The unit was established in January 2022 in response to an identified need for such a service to ease the pressure on local hospitals during the busy winter period, and offer support to those with Covid-19 who are well enough to leave hospital but still require some care. The unit will continue to available for patients as long as it is needed.