Covid patients must wait months for treatment at specialized NHS clinics.

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Long-term Covid patients must wait months for treatment at specialized NHS clinics.

According to the data, only 5,000 people are referred to specialist clinics each month, with a third of them having to wait at least 15 weeks for their first appointment.

Despite the fact that more than a million people have the condition, only 5,000 people are referred to specialist long Covid clinics each month, with a third of those waiting at least 15 weeks for their first appointment, according to NHS figures.

The NHS has set up dozens of specialist long Covid clinics in England over the last year to assess and diagnose people who visit their GPs with symptoms of the condition.

According to the Office for National Statistics, there are 1.2 million people with long Covid in the UK, with about a million of them in England.

However, from July to September this year, the first period for which figures are available, only 4,846 to 5,182 patients per month were referred to clinics.

According to the figures, 33% of patients who are referred must wait at least 15 weeks to be seen for their first assessment, with another 15% waiting 10 to 14 weeks.

The NHS figures, which tally with anecdotal evidence and her foundation’s own research, worry Sarah Woolnough, chief executive of Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation.

“We’ve heard firsthand from thousands of people whose lives have been turned upside down by long Covid, who have had to quit their jobs and most-loved hobbies while fighting wide-ranging and disabling symptoms like persistent breathlessness,” she said.

“As if that wasn’t difficult enough, many people are then left to deal with the debilitating effects of long Covid on their own due to a lack of support and long wait times for specialist care,” she added.

“The government must train and recruit more specialist NHS staff so that people with long Covid can get the specialized care they require.”

“In the meantime, healthcare providers must ensure that they are listening to people with long Covid and assisting them in obtaining the services they require, wherever possible.”

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Patients with long Covid must wait months for treatment at specialist NHS clinics.

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People with long Covid facing months-long wait for treatment at specialist NHS clinics

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