New Clinic Offers Follow-Up Care for COVID-19 Survivors

Many COVID-19 survivors are plagued with symptoms of the disease long after they have recovered. To assist survivors Parkland Health & Hospital System started a COVID Follow-up Clinic that has to date helped 200 patients with ongoing medical issues. 

Those coming for face-to-face follow-up care are separated from other populations to prevent the spread. The clinic has facilitated more than 400 patient visits with specialists ranging from wound care and oncology nurses to OB/GYNs and advanced practice providers.

“We are finding that the long-term health impacts of COVID-19 are very real. We need to take this disease very seriously. There is a lot unknown and much to learn,” said Monal Shah, MD, Senior Vice President, Chief Physician Advisor and medical director of the COVID Follow-up Clinic at Parkland.

Parkland officials expect the COVID Follow-up Clinic to serve 25 or more patients daily. Future plans include research on the long-term effects of COVID-19 and formation of support groups for patients with ongoing physical and mental health issues resulting from the disease.

“Our goal with the clinic is to help our COVID-19 patients bridge the transition from illness through recovery to a healthy life,” she added.  “We need to follow these patients very closely to prevent relapse because we know they can decompensate very quickly while still struggling with acute symptoms.”

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