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SAS Post COVID-19 Fatigue Support Case Study

Our Whole School Wellbeing Support is at the heart of everything we do here at SAS. Recently, we shared a case study of a patient experiencing post COVID fatigue symptoms, detailing how SAS are working to proactively prevent and reduce absence by tackling more than just the root cause of a long term absence to ensure staff have the opportunity to thrive.

The SAS Wellbeing team were contacted in May 2020 by a female PE Teacher in her 30s who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March 2020. This patient had two previous hospital admissions due to breathlessness, had no previous medical history, and was a runner. Following her treatment from the NHS, she found everyday tasks as struggle and contacted the nurses in May 2020 when she was in a position to start resuming normal activity.

SAS supported this member of staff with the following services:

Nurse Support – In house nurse Mandy supported, listened and offered her with general advice with regards to what she could do to not overexert herself and slowly resume normal activity.

Physiotherapy – SAS Physiotherapist Mike assessed current medical fitness and joint fatigue, offered support to increase activity

Personal Trainer – In conjunction with physio, our SAS personal trainer Ed gave her some coaching to slowly increase activity and build her strength

Counselling – Counsellor supported the fatigue and its effects on her mental health

Complementary therapies – In this instance, due to the joint fatigue she was experiencing SAS funded massage to help her move towards resuming normal activity.

Relaxation Techniques and Positive Thinking – To help improve her mindset after the experience, patient had one to one sessions with SAS Mindfulness and Wellbeing Consultant June to proactively support her mental health.

This patient is still working with the SAS Wellbeing Team and is still receiving support. We are pleased to have supported this member of staff on her road to recovery and are delighted that she has returned to school to continue her teaching role with support. At SAS, we believe in providing schools and their staff with the best care to suit the needs of the school community as well as approaching recovery and support from all angles. Wellbeing is not one size fits all and different patients require different types of support. This case study is an excellent example of this. This support was provided to the patient at no cost to them and no additional cost to the school as it is inclusive of their SAS staff absence insurance policy. To learn more about what SAS Whole School Wellbeing support can offer your school community, please click here.