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Junior Doctor Industrial Action update – 14 to 17 June
Planned industrial action has been announced by the British Medical Association (BMA) involving junior doctors.
The action will run for 72 hours starting from 7am on Wednesday 14 June, running to 7am Saturday 17 June. We are working hard to keep patients safe during strikes, while delivering the best care possible. Patients should continue to attend appointments as planned unless contacted to reschedule.
Watch this video for more information on swallowing and speech issues following a COVID-19 infection.
You may experience changes to your voice, similar to when you experience a cold.
Tips for your vocal recovery:
Keep well hydrated
Try a gentle steam over hot water
Avoid deliberate throat clearing
Use your normal voice
Avoid smoking or vaping
You may find your favourite foods taste and smell differently following your COVID illness. Food may taste bland, salty, sweet or metallic. It is important to choose foods that appeal to you to ensure you eat well, but continue to retry foods as your taste preferences change.
Some people are experiencing changes to their swallow. Some signs to look out for are:
Coughing and throat clearing when eating and drinking
Recurrent chest infections
Having a wet, bubbly voice when eating or drinking
Difficulty managing secretions
If you are deliberately paying attention to a smell you are truly in the present moment. Try to find a smell that has positive associations for you – maybe one that reminds you of happy times, or a smell which you enjoy. Use it to bring yourself back to the present moment.
Small bottles of essential oils - e.g. eucalyptus, mint, lavender, lemon