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Half of GPs saw patients with suspected long-term Covid symptoms in past week

More than half of GPs have treated patients with suspected long-term symptoms of coronavirus in the past week, the BMA has said.

A BMA survey of 5,000 GPs in England and Wales, which closed on 9 July, found that 51% said they had ‘seen or treated’ patients with symptoms they ‘believe are a longer-term effect of the patient having had Covid’ within the last week.

It comes as a study launched by the Government earlier in the month is investigating the long-term physical and mental health impacts of the virus, to evaluate which rehabilitation services will need to be put in place.

Backed by £8.4m worth of Government funding, the study will include 10,000 patients who have survived Covid-19 and been discharged from hospital.

Meanwhile, NHS England announced that GPs will be able to signpost patients to an online rehabilitation service for Covid-19 survivors.

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