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Manx Care seeking feedback on Long Covid and ME support

Public views sought to help shape future service

Manx Care is hosting a series of public events through February and March to gain feedback on support for Long Covid and M.E./ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome on the Island.

The health body says it wants to develop a 'shared understanding' of what's required from a new dedicated service.

Health Minister Lawrie Hooper admitted there's a need to improve what's offered to individuals living with either of the long-term health conditions.

Workshops will be held as follows: 

  • Long Covid: Palace Hotel and Casino - Wednesday, 9 February from 4pm-6pm
  • ME/CFS: Palace Hotel and Casino - Thursday, 10 February from 1pm-3pm
  • Long Covid: Comis Hotel - Tuesday, 29 March from 1pm-3pm
  • ME/CFS: Comis Hotel - Wednesday, 30 March from 4pm-6pm

Currently there is only an 'interim service' for those suffering from Long Covid or ME despite aims for a full service by the end of 2021.

Earlier this month campaigners for further support warned of a 'pandemic blindspot'.

Mr Hooper confirmed there are 522 people known to be suffering from symptoms of Long Covid.

You can find guidance on returning to work after suffering from Covid here.

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