Cromwell Hospital has opened a long-Covid clinic to help patients with on-going symptoms as a result of the virus.
Data from the Office for National Statistics estimates that one in ten people infected with the coronavirus experience symptoms which last for three months or longer.
The new clinic provides personalised treatment plans for various physical symptoms, including respiratory issues, fatigue and joint or muscle pain, as well as patients’ mental health.
Its team of consultants are also able to provide onwards referrals to cardiologists, neurologists, specialist respiratory physiotherapists and psychiatrists.
‘There’s a clear need for more support when it comes to long-Covid. Patients are reporting varying symptoms which are preventing them from returning to work and continuing with their daily routines before they contracted the virus,’ said Philip Luce, hospital director at Cromwell Hospital.
‘I’m delighted that we’ve opened this clinic to support and provide personalised treatment plans for patients struggling with the long-term impact of.’
Dr Brian O’Connor, consultant in respiratory medicine and the lead for the long-Covid clinic, added: ‘We know people are experiencing ongoing symptoms of Covid-19, from struggling with memory or concentration levels to suffering breathlessness during everyday activities. Our new clinic helps people access the right support for their individual needs.’