Working with Nottingham Hospitals Charity for Long Covid research

Scientists and researchers at Nottingham’s hospitals are working with Nottingham Hospitals Charity as part of the Long Covid Research Appeal, in a bid to raise £50,000 to help fund the research into the longer-term effects of the virus.

Money raised through the charity appeal will be used to help fund a dedicated Long Covid Research Fellow, as well as access to state-of-the-art equipment to aid the research.

With one in five COVID-19 sufferers experiencing Long Covid symptoms, such as fatigue, chest pain, memory loss and depression, more research into the treatment of the condition is being caried out through geh Nottingham Recovery from COVID-19 Research Platform (NoRCoRP).  You can read the experiences of some of the people who this research is aiming to support.

Professor Ian Hall, who is leading the research in Nottinghamsaid: “Because the expertise in Nottingham is particularly around respiratory disease, we’re very interested in looking into breathlessness and ongoing coughing. We also have groups looking at using state-of-the-art imaging approaches, often using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which Nottingham of course is famous for, to provide insight into inflammation into a number of different systems such as the lungs, but also the muscles. We’re really interested in using MRI to look at muscle physiology, which will help inform approaches to the treatment of Long Covid.”

There is currently no proven treatment or cure for Long Covid, which Professor Hall and his team hope their research might help change.

He explained: “Most people with Long Covid will improve over time, but I think we can speed up the rate of recovery for those patients. I suspect there will be a small proportion of patients who continue to have symptoms for a long time, but if we can find some way of preventing that happening, that would make a great difference to patients. We don’t know yet if we can cure it, and that’s partly the sort of research that we’re trying to drive through.” 

Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We’re so proud that local clinicians and scientists in Nottingham are leading the research into Long Covid, and very pleased that our Charity is able to support this research by launching this appeal.

“The local community has already rallied together so much over the past year during the coronavirus pandemic, and we hope the people of Nottingham will pull together once again to support this important research, which could ultimately help our own friends and neighbours who may be suffering from the long-term impact of the virus.”