Some people who contract COVID can experience long term, persistent symptoms. If these symptoms last for more than 12 weeks, they can be considered sufferers of ‘long-COVID’.
Olivia Pike is a long-COVID sufferer who was admitted into the Trust after contracting COVID and, after having those prolonged symptoms, entered the long COVID rehabilitation pilot. The pilot is run in partnership between the Trust and Plymouth Marjon University.
“It’s safe to say that COVID hit me hard but when I was in hospital, I cannot put into words the amount of support I was given. I was on Meavy ward where the staff were beyond kind and caring, and empathic towards my fears.
“In resus there were two lovely HCAs, I only wish I remembered their names. We spoke about my studies and plans for the future of potentially joining the prison service. When I went back there for further treatment, they remembered me. This meant so much. I saw myself as just another patient but the fact that they remembered my name and story showed how deeply they cared.
“After being on the ward approaching my discharge, I started working with the physiotherapy team. The phone calls daily, then weekly after my discharge, were supportive and understanding of my struggles. When things didn’t sound right there was no hesitation in bringing me in.
“Then I was invited to the long COVID rehabilitation pilot. I didn’t want to go. I was anxious and sure it wasn’t for me, but I couldn’t have been more wrong, meeting people who had experienced the same fears and worries as me and making friends while doing this. The staff on the course were incredible, doing everything at our pace and supporting us on our weakest days – a truly incredible group of patients and staff.”
Liv has reflected on her time in hospital and has performed a poem she has written about her COVID experience. We have adapted her performance into the accompanying video for you.