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Long COVID patients to get help at more than 60 clinics

Thousands of patients suffering with the long term symptoms of coronavirus can now access specialist help at more than 60 sites, NHS England announced today.

The assessment centres are taking referrals from GPs for people experiencing brain fog, anxiety, depression, breathlessness, fatigue and other debilitating symptoms.

NHS England has provided £10 million for the network of clinics, which started opening last month. There are now 69 operating across the country with hundreds of patients already getting help.

New research has shown one in five people with coronavirus develop longer term symptoms. Around 186,000 people suffer problems for up to 12 weeks, the Office for National Statistics found.

The new centres bring together doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists to offer both physical and psychological assessments and refer patients to the right treatment and rehabilitation services.

Ten sites are now operational in London, seven in the East of England, eight in the Midlands, South East and South West respectively, nine in the North West and a further 18 across the North East and Yorkshire.

A further 12 sites are earmarked to launch in January in the East Midlands, Lancashire, Cornwall and Isle of Wight.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has today also issued official guidance on best practice for recognising, investigating and rehabilitating patients with long COVID.

Patients can access services if they are referred by a GP or another healthcare professional, so that doctors can first rule out other possible underlying causes for symptoms.

Sir Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, said: “The NHS is taking practical action to help patients suffering ongoing health issues as a result of coronavirus. Bringing expert clinicians together in these clinics will deliver an integrated approach to support patients access vital rehabilitation, as well as helping develop a greater understanding of long covid and its debilitating symptoms.”

Dr Graham Burns, clinical lead at the long covid centre at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, said:  “In the first wave of the pandemic many people did not recover as quickly as they’d expected. We had no idea what long covid was – the world had never seen COVID-19 before. We set up the clinic in Newcastle to support patients, but it has also been invaluable in helping us understand what long covid is.

“I’m delighted that patients now have places to turn to across the country turn and on a national scale doctors will be able to learn from our collective experience and offer tailored support to patients.”

The NHS has also launched a long COVID taskforce, with patients, charities, researchers and clinicians involved, to help lead the NHS response to long covid, produce information and support materials for patients and healthcare professionals, and develop a wider understanding of the condition.

List of services

  1. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  2. Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  3. Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust -Berkshire Long Covid Integrated Service
  4. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  5. Virgin Care Services Limited and Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  6. Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  7. Royal Surrey County Hospital
  8. East Surrey and west Sussex- First Community Health and Care
  9. Community Surrey Health Surrey and Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital
  10. Surrey Downs Health and Care Partnership
  11. East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  12. Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
  13. East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
  14. Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  15. Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  16. Mid and South Essex- Provide Community Interest Company.
  17. Hertfordshire Community Service Health Care Trust
  18. Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.
  19. Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust
  20. Liverpool university Foundation Hospital Trust
  21. Manchester Foundation Trust (Manchester Royal Infirmary, Wythenshawe Hospital)
  22. North Care Alliance (Salford Royal Foundation Trust, Royal Oldham Hospital)
  23. North Manchester General
  24. Tameside and Glossop Integrated Trust
  25. Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  26. Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust
  27. Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  28. Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS foundation Trust
  29. North Cumbria Integrated Care Foundation Trust
  30. The Newcastle upon Tyne Foundation Hospitals Trust
  31. Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust
  32. County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust
  33. North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust
  34. South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust
  35. York Teaching Hospital HS Foundation Trust
  36. Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
  37. North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
  38. Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  39. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust
  40. The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
  41. Barnsley Healthcare Federation
  42. Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  43. Bradford Teaching hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  44. Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  45. The Mid Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust
  46. Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
  47. University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW)
  48. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  49. Shropshire Community Health Trust
  50. Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust
  51. Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  52. Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
  53. The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  54. Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northampton General Hospital, Kettering General Hospital
  55. University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust and Provider Company Ltd arm of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Alliance
  56. Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire -Wiltshire health and care
  57. Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire – Sirona care and Health
  58. Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust
  59. Gloucestershire health and care foundation Trust
  60. University College London Hospital Trust (UCLH)
  61. Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust (Homerton University Hospital)
  62. Barts Health NHS Trust, Royal London Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital
  63. Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (King George Hospital)
  64. London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust (Northwick Park Hospital)
  65. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (St Marys Hospital)
  66. Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
  67. Kings Health Partners (Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust) – St Thomas Site
  68. Kings Health Partners (Kings College Health Foundation Trust) kings College Hospital
  69. St Georges NHS Trust St Georges Hospital
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Original article link: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/12/long-covid-patients-to-get-help-at-more-than-60-clinics/

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