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Stoke Mandeville Hospital

According to the Bucks Herald, a specialist clinic to treat Covid patients with long-term symptoms is to be set up at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Around one in five people with coronavirus develop longer-term symptoms, and NHS England has provided £10 million for the network of clinics nationally.

This is part of the national drive to supports patients who are suffering from long-term symptoms by giving them access to local specialists.

The clinic at Stoke Mandeville will begin setting up in January and will be in partnership with Oxford University NHS Foundation Trust and the Buckinghamshire CCG.

Patients will be referred to the clinic from GPs as wells as remaining in contact with discharged hospital patients.

The clinic will investigate ongoing coronavirus symptoms that are affecting patients' lives, such as brain fog, anxiety, depression, breathlessness, fatigue, and other debilitating symptoms.

Trust medical director, Dr Tina Kenny, said: "We are pleased to be able to have quickly mobilised a service we hope will improve the lives of those suffering from the longer-term symptoms of Covid and learn more about the disease."

Sir Simon Stevens, the NHS' chief executive, added: "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."

Robert Folker

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