04 February 2022
A new clinic to support Islanders living with Long COVID will be launching on Monday 7 February at the Outpatients department in the Hospital.
Islanders are encouraged to speak to their GPs first if they are experiencing symptoms of Long COVID. GPs will then refer them to the clinic if necessary.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 350 Islanders seen by their GPs have experienced symptoms of Long COVID four weeks after infection, and 150 of those still had symptoms 12 weeks later.
GPs are actively referring patients to the service and will be supported by an Admin Clerk. The clinics will be led by Dr Matt Doyle and will involve a range of clinical pathways which will be tailored to each patient.
Patients already being seen by a specialist for their Long COVID symptoms will continue their treatment and investigations as planned. The Clinic will take new referrals from GPs and the hospital and will liaise with specialist clinics regarding existing patients if required.
Clinical Lead, Dr Matt Doyle said: "I am pleased that we are now in a position to launch this clinic. Treatment for Long COVID has been under discussion since the beginning of this pandemic, and I am grateful that the collaboration between Public Health and Health and Community Services has led to this vital service being made accessible to Islanders.
"This is an ever-evolving service as more and more health services across the world recognise Long COVID as a condition.
"I would encourage anyone who is experiencing symptoms of Long COVID to contact their GP in the first instance, and we will do all we can to ensure Islanders get the right support."