Project Lead: Dr Susan Shenkin

Many people with COVID-19 recover quickly and return home, soon able to return to their normal level of function. However, some people become very unwell with COVID, and stay in hospital for a long time. It is important to understand how long people stay in hospital so that we can plan for the future. People may develop complications that need specialist help to return to normal function: rehabilitation. We will describe the rehabilitation needs of people admitted with COVID and the input provided by specialists (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, doctors who specialise in rehabilitation). We will see which aspects of a person’s previous circumstances or health affect their need for rehabilitation, such as their age, frailty or health conditions. We will describe how long people stay in hospital and how they are when they leave hospital, including whether they need more help once they return home.