Accessing NHS Long COVID services

You may have Long COVID if you have had symptoms for 4 weeks or more. It doesn’t matter whether you were hospitalised, had a positive or negative COVID-19 test, or just weren’t tested at all.

Go to your GP

If you think you have Long COVID, you should speak with your GP.

Top Tip: Keep a symptom diary!

Your GP will need to know when your symptoms started and how they are affecting you now.

GP will investigate your symptoms

You might have some tests to see if your symptoms could be linked to another health condition.

How you can manage your symptoms

  • Education and advice
  • Things you can do to improve your wellbeing
  • Community groups or facilities (gyms, social groups, leisure, etc.)
  • Support groups
  • Self-help tools

Your GP may be able to give you advice, or tell you where support is available.

General advice on areas such as

  • Finance
  • Employment
  • Relationships
  • Wellbeing and lifestyle (exercise, diet, mental wellbeing etc)

You can speak to your GP about these concerns. They should have access to a Social Prescriber (England, Wales and NI) or a Link Worker (Scotland), who can advise.

Regular follow-up and monitoring by the health care professionals in charge of your care.

How long it takes to get better depends on your symptoms and how severe they are.

NHS tools for managing your symptoms

England Access to Your COVID Recovery - an online recovery programme Wales NHS Wales Covid Recovery App Scotland and Northern Ireland Some areas have local advice apps or resources


England Referral to a Long COVID rehabilitation clinic if needed Scotland, Wales and NI Referral to individual services based on symptoms, such as pulmonary rehabilitation for breathlessness