Studies show that 70% of adult COVID-19 survivors are experiencing long-term side effects impacting their heart, lungs, central nervous system, gastrointestinal tract or other areas of the body. Children have also reported side effects.
Norton Healthcare will launch COVID-19 long-term care clinics for adult and pediatric patients who continue to experience side effects after having battled the coronavirus.
“Norton Healthcare has been a regional leader in caring for patients with COVID-19. From innovative treatments and clinical trials to community-based testing, we have been at the forefront of this pandemic,” said Russell F. Cox, president and CEO, Norton Healthcare. “Research from around the world indicates a need for post-COVID care, and Kentucky and Southern Indiana are no different.”
COVID-19 Long-term Care Clinic
Appointments are required; patients can be referred from their primary care provider or may self-refer. A confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis is required.
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“Our COVID-19 long-term care clinics will consist of a team of multidisciplinary adult and pediatric specialists to address patients’ ongoing health needs, which can range from lung and heart to neurologic and gastrointestinal issues,” said Joseph M. Flynn, D.O., MPH, FACP, chief administrative officer, Norton Medical Group, and physician-in-chief, Norton Cancer Institute.
These providers will evaluate patients’ ongoing symptoms and work with specialists to develop treatment plans and monitor progress.
“Data shows that up to 87% of adult COVID-19 survivors have chronic lung issues, and 20% have long-term heart conditions, among other neurological, vascular and renal medical issues,” Dr. Flynn said. “We will support these patients by connecting them with the right team of specialists who can provide ongoing treatment and follow-up care in one convenient location.”
There is little data yet on the long-term effects of COVID-19 on children, though there have been reports of children experiencing headaches, fatigue and gastrointestinal issues after having the disease.
The adult clinic will open Sept. 17, 2020, in the Norton Healthcare Pavilion located at 315 E. Broadway. Pediatric patients will be seen in the Novak Center, 411 E. Chestnut St.