Clinic for children suffering from long covid opens at Friarage

Dr Arshid Murad and the paediatric long covid clinic team.

Children suffering with long-term coronavirus symptoms in Tees Valley and North Yorkshire are now accessing a specialist service at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

The new paediatric clinic is the second specialist long covid service set up by South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

A clinic for adults was set up at Redcar Primary Care Hospital in December 2020.

The clinic, which is looking after children who are experiencing fatigue, anxiety, ‘brain fog’ and other debilitating symptoms, is one of the two hubs in North East and North Cumbria and one of the 15 hubs in England specifically for children and young people suffering from long COVID.

Dr Arshid Murad, the consultant paediatrician leading the new service, said: “Our new clinic, made up of a team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists and occupational therapists, is offering children both physical and psychological assessments.

“We are pleased to be offering this service at the Friarage where state-of-the-art facilities are available in the children’s outpatient department in a relaxed atmosphere.

“Fortunately, it is clear from recent research estimates that long COVID is less common in children than adults, therefore in the beginning we will be offering one clinic a month with capacity to assess three children or young people.”