People who have lost their sense of smell are being failed by healthcare professionals, new research has revealed.
A study by Newcastle University, University of East Anglia and charity Fifth Sense, shows poor levels of understanding and care from GPs and specialists about smell and taste loss in patients.
This is an issue that has particularly come to the forefront during the Covid-19 pandemic as many people who have contracted the virus report a loss of taste and smell as their main symptoms.
Around one in 10 people who experience smell loss as a result of Covid-19 report that their sense of smell has not returned to normal four weeks after falling ill.
The study, published in the journal Clinical Otolaryngology, highlights the difficulties that people with smell and taste disorders experience in accessing treatment.
The research team say that identifying these barriers is vital to help people have better access to healthcare.
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Dr Stephen Ball, from Newcastle University's Faculty of Medical Sciences, who led the study, said: "This research highlights that a greater focus needs to be dedicated to patients with smell or taste loss.
"When you contrast the healthcare services funded and available for people with loss of other senses - such as ...