As the government ramps up vaccinations across the population, we’ll provide ongoing support for spinal cord injured people concerned about coronavirus. And we’ll continue to help frontline workers caring for people with a spinal injury.
There’s no evidence to suggest that spinally injured people are more likely to catch coronavirus. But we know that due to paralysis and a weakened cough reflex, SCI people who contract the disease are more likely to need acute care. And with a compromised respiratory function, the impact of covid can be life-threatening.
While coronavirus infections are decreasing, demand for acute care beds for covid patients remains high. It’s likely to stay that way for several months – at least until mass vaccinations have made a big enough impact.
We’ve seen many SCI people who’ve been moved from acute to primary care services to make way for covid patients. But the needs of spinally injured men and women haven’t changed. That’s why our specialist nurses have adapted to give extra support to the spinally injured community throughout the crisis.
Giving you the best information
Concerned about the effect of coronavirus on you, someone you care for or a loved one? This is what we offer you:
- You can book a session with our nursing specialists with our online booking system here
- Or call our free support line between 9am-5pm for a referral on 0800 980 0501
- Bookmark this page and check back every few weeks for updates as the situation develops
- Find out about our virtual training sessions via our healthcare professional pages
- More face-to-face visits where needed, especially as the government eases restrictions
Our support advisers can refer you to a network of support services – from charities and local counselling to rehabilitation and local authority support.
Using our voice: covid and beyond
- We’re working in the corridors of power to give a voice to spinal cord injured people. Our all party parliamentary group (APPG) is growing in profile and influence, with parliamentarians such as care minister Helen Whately and fellow cabinet minister Owen Paterson involved in this vital session.
- Our lobbying team and nursing specialists also work with the NHS and care sector to tackle challenges and ensure SCI people are being considered at every step.
- Through our support line, we can talk to hospital staff to raise concerns about care and recommend good health care management for SCI patients (such as the risk of pressure sores).