Addenbrooke’s is one of more than 60 sites 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 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.”
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:
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust -Berkshire Long Covid Integrated Service
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Virgin Care Services Limited & Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Surrey County Hospital
East Surrey and west Sussex- First Community Health & Care
Community Surrey Health Surrey & Ashford & St Peter’s Hospital
Surrey Downs Health & Care Partnership
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Mid and South Essex- Provide Community Interest Company.
Hertfordshire Community Service Health Care Trust
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.
Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust
Liverpool university Foundation Hospital Trust
Manchester Foundation Trust (Manchester Royal Infirmary, Wythenshawe Hospital)
North Care Alliance (Salford Royal Foundation Trust, Royal Oldham Hospital)
North Manchester General
Tameside & Glossop Integrated Trust
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Wrightington Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS foundation Trust
North Cumbria Integrated Care Foundation Trust
The Newcastle upon Tyne Foundation Hospitals Trust
Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust
County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust
North Tees & Hartlepool Foundation Trust
South Tees Hospitals Foundation Trust
York Teaching Hospital HS Foundation Trust
Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
Barnsley Healthcare Federation
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Bradford Teaching hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
The Mid Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW)
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Shropshire Community Health Trust
Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust
Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Northampton General Hospital, Kettering General Hospital
University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust and Provider Company Ltd arm of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Alliance
Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire -Wiltshire health and care
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire - Sirona care and Health
Gloucestershire Hospitals Foundation Trust
Gloucestershire health and care foundation Trust
University College London Hospital Trust (UCLH)
Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust (Homerton University Hospital)
Barts Health NHS Trust, Royal London Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (King George Hospital)
London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust (Northwick Park Hospital)
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (St Marys Hospital)
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Trust Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Kings Health Partners (Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust) - St Thomas Site
Kings Health Partners (Kings College Health Foundation Trust) kings College Hospital
St Georges NHS Trust St Georges Hospital