The long-term effects of COVID-19 are still not known. Reports have shown that following infection, many coronavirus patients will experience lingering symptoms. These symptoms include breathing problems, fever, fatigue, breathlessness, hypercoagulation, impairment of renal and cardiovascular function, depression and other persistent physical and psychological problems, poor cognitive functioning, muscle loss and weakening, as well as a multitude of other health issues that worsen one’s quality of life.
To address all post COVID symptoms, we’ve created a multidisciplinary programme to assess, treat, and provide referrals and resources for patients recovering from COVID-19. We offer multidisciplinary assessments and then provide all the services needed to assist patients to get back to good health. Our patients will be followed over time in order to address any new needs as they emerge.
Our team determine the amount of damage that has been done to the body and organs. We use an electrocardiogram (ECG) test to detect cardiac (heart) abnormalities by measuring the electrical activity generated by the heart as it contracts. As well as perform lung functioning tests to identify the possibility of pulmonary impairment. Other base-line testing gets performed by each team member to determine the most effective treatment necessary to get you back to full health. Six to twelve week personalised programmes then get designed by our team of professionals according to the baseline test results. Once the end of your programme is reached, further baseline tests will be performed accordingly to reassess your progress.
We offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to all those needing this treatment to assist in recovery. Oxygen gives your body the ability to rebuild itself. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy causes an increase in oxygen delivery at a level of 400% deeper than our normal blood supply can penetrate. For more information about our Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber please visit our website.
There is no need to walk the COVID recovery process alone. We’re here to help you!
Meet The Team
Dr Nicola Wattrus
Dr Nicola Wattrus graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand. Nicola is a passionate and compassionate health care professional, committed to provide evidence-based care.
Dr Wattrus has a special interest in pandemic related illnesses such as COVID-19.
Prof Loise Stroud
Prof Louise Stroud (B.Cur; BA Hons (Psych); MA (Clin.Psych); D.Phil) is a registered Clinical Psychologist. She has practised in the field of Psychology for 26 years and has a keen interest in Child Development, Psychotherapy and Neuropsychology.
Prof. Stroud’s interest in neuropsychology is useful for COVID recovery patients as it has to do with the brain’s cognitive functions, such as attention, language, and memory, which has shown to become impaired in same COVID-recovered patients.
Dr Ruth Stewart
Dr Ruth Stewart has more than 20 years practice experience as a Clinical Psychologist. She’s licensed with the HPCSA and had worked extensively in hospital and university settings while maintaining a private practice.
Taking a humanistic stance, Dr Stewart’s focus is on wellness and balance; accepting that life is challenging, and assisting clients to navigate difficulties such as the effects of COVID. She offers support through the process of improving mental health, addressing relationship difficulties, and adjusting to challenging life changes.
Deon completed his undergraduate degree in Human Movement Science at NWU in 2013. Thereafter, he
relocated to Port Elizabeth where he studied Biokinetics at NMU.
Deon specializes in rehabilitating and strengthening.
After spending 20 years in Cape Town, Gerald has returned to Port Elizabeth. With a Bachelor of Science degree from NMMU and post-graduate degrees in Physiotherapy from UCT, Gerald is experienced in musculoskeletal conditions and their management.
Being fortunate to have had extensive experience through working alongside some of the best specialists in this field, Gerald manages a wide range of injuries across all ages and pathology. He has a special interest in recovery.
Stephnie Engelbrecht graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2004 with a BSc in Dietetics degree.
Stephnie is a wife and mom of three. Her passion lies in women’s health and helping people with diseases of lifestyle. She also has years of experience working in corporate where she consulted with specialists and other clinical dietitians working with clinical nutrition (patients in hospital needing specialized nutrition for recovery).
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