The NHS is setting up specialist long COVID services for children and young people as part of a £100 million expansion of care for those suffering from the condition.
The boost to dedicated services for young people is part of a package of investment in a range of measures to help young people and adults with long COVID, including a major focus on specialist treatment and rehab services.
While the majority of children and young people are not severely affected by COVID, ONS data has shown that 7.4% of children aged 2-11 and 8.2% of those aged 12-16 report continued symptoms.
The 15 new paediatric hubs will bring together expert clinical teams, including paediatricians, physiotherapists, nurses and occupational therapists, who can directly treat youngsters, advise family doctors or others caring for them or refer them into other specialist services and clinics.
Sites of long COVID Hubs for children and young people:
- The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- South Tees NHS Foundation Trust
- Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
- Leeds Children’s Hospital
- Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
- Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
- Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
- Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
- Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
- Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Solent NHS Trust
- University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
- London hub led by the Evelina, Imperial, University College London Hospital (UCLH) and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH)
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