This is where long Covid clinics are now running in South Yorkshire, including Sheffield and Doncaster

People with long Covid can now get specialist help at new clinics in Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham.

By Robert Cumber
Friday, 18th December 2020, 11:29 am

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

They are among more than 60 clinics which have been launched across England to help the thousands of patients suffering with the long-term symptoms of coronavirus.

NHS England, which provided £10 million for the network of clinics, said new research shows one in five people who contract coronavirus develop longer term symptoms, with around 186,000 people having suffered problems for up to 12 weeks.

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Specialist clinics have been set up to help sufferers of 'long Covid (pic: Pixabay)

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.

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “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.”

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.

The 69 Long Covid clinics now in operation across England include centres run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley Healthcare Federation, and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.