Revalidatie Fryslân’s Director Peter Tammling has announced a 30-person recovery unit for the Province
Translated by Thomas Ansell
As reported by the Omrop Fryslân, Revalidatie Fryslân has announced a special plan to support people recovering from the Coronavirus. The number of infections and hospital admissions in the North seems to be falling, with more people recovering that need support. Peter Tammeling, of Revalidatie Fryslân said: “If you spend four weeks in the IC unit due to the infection, you don’t come out well.”
Patients recovering from the virus can have a number of ongoing complaints: for example with breathing, their general physical condition, or sometimes complex emotional stress. Revalidatie Fryslân’s plan has come about in conference with the other 20 ‘recovery centres’ in the Netherlands.
Within the plan, both physiotherapists and occupational therapists play an important role- in order to alleviate any ongoing physical symptoms. For those that have ongoing breathing problems, extra provisions for ventilations have been made. The plan also looks into problems with nutrition, provides a role for speech therapy, and space for both psychiatrists and therapists.
“Corona is a new illness, and patients that have been in Intensive Care can generally be considered similarly to others in IC, and some have complaints about their muscles, nerves, or their movement. We also need to help those with psychological complications- for example the fear of dying”, said Tammeling.
There are currently two people in a recuperation centre in Beetsterzwaag (Gemeente Opsterland), and there is room for 30 in that facility. Arrangements have also been made for people to recover at home, and receive help through a policlinic.
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