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Newham and Tower Hamlets Long COVID Service

The number of people with COVID-19 symptoms that are lasting more than 12 weeks is increasing, so we are making sure we provide the information that patients, their families, and their friends need. Patients living in Newham and Tower Hamlets who are experiencing symptoms associated with Long COVID (outlined below), will benefit from a range of support services that are now available

What is Long COVID?
It is estimated that one in 10 people who contract COVID-19 have ongoing symptoms for 12 weeks or longer. Long COVID is diagnosed when these lasting symptoms cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis and the necessary tests have been completed to rule these out.

Being diagnosed with Long COVID does not seem to be linked to how ill you were when you first got the virus. As this is a new condition, lots of research is being done to better understand what causes it and how to help people living with it.

Symptoms can vary a lot, fluctuate over time, and may have an impact on your ability to do day-to-day activities. There are many symptoms of Long COVID, the most common are: 

  • Extreme tiredness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle ache
  • Difficulty concentrating/memory loss/confusion
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Headache
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Worry/anxiety
  • Fast heart rate

What to do if experiencing these symptoms
If you are concerned that you may be experiencing Long COVID, please contact your GP. Your GP will first want to discuss your symptoms with you in more detail. They may want to take your blood pressure, check your pulse rate, listen to your chest and check your oxygen levels. Your GP may also do a blood test or send you for other investigations such as a chest x-ray or heart scan. Depending on the outcome of these tests your GP may then refer you to the Long COVID Service. 

To be eligible for a referral to the Long COVID service you and your GP must have completed the necessary tests to rule out other diagnoses, you must be 18 years and above and have a GP Practice within Newham or Tower Hamlets. 

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Shrewsbury Road Health Centre
Shrewsbury Road
E7 8QP
United Kingdom

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0207 909 3676