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Long Covid Clinic

Private Long Covid Clinic at Kings Park Hospital in Stirling.

The Private Long Covid Clinic at Kings Park Hospital in Stirling is a new service designed to help patients suffering with the effects of Long Covid. Long Covid is a condition where people continue to experience symptoms 4+ weeks after having the Covid-19 illness. It is estimated between 10% and 30% of people with Covid-19 will develop Long Covid according to Dr Claire Taylor. Conditions often seen with Long Covid are Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS). This clinic is a dedicated service led by Dr Claire Taylor - one of the few practitioners in the UK specialising in diagnosis and management of the symptoms of this widely misunderstood condition. 

The Long Covid Clinic is located in Kings Park Hospital, Stirling, and is designed for those who seek a diagnosis of their condition, as well as guidance in managing their symptoms.

The initial consultation will take around 30 minutes and will focus on assessing the number, severity and impact of your symptoms. If you are diagnosed with any of these conditions, Dr Taylor will construct a treatment plan. Should patients require any follow-up appointments, these will be 15 minutes long. Dr Taylor may also run blood tests to rule out other conditions. If you have had some/all of these tests already since you started experiencing symptoms of Long Covid, they will not need to be repeated if you are able provide these results to the clinic prior to your appointment. An example of these are:

  • Full blood count
  • Urea and creatinine
  • Liver function tests
  • CRP
  • Fasting glucose
  • Calcium 
  • Cortisol 
  • Autoimmune screen 
  • Thyroid test 
  • Plasma viscosity 

There are also a number of additional tests and scans that Dr Taylor may recommend for a more in-depth diagnosis, depending on your symptoms. These may include:

  • 10 minute stand test
  • ECG
  • 24 hour ECG 
  • 24 hour urine (Catecholamines) 
  • MRI
  • Chest X-Ray
  • CT 

If an MRI or CT scan is required, these will arranged to be carried out at our sister hospital, Ross Hall Hospital, in Glasgow. 

Once the results of these tests have been returned, Dr Taylor will see you for a follow-up appointment at Kings Park Hospital, where she will be able to provide you with a tailored treatment plan to manage your condition. This may include medication, physiotherapy, and/or onward referral to other specialties such as Respiratory Medicine.

Dr Taylor is aware that people with Long Covid are often advised to undertake rehabilitation exercise. However, exercise as a suggested treatment often comes too early in a patient’s recovery and can lead to worsened and prolonged symptoms. Patients with post-exertional symptom exacerbation (a worsening of symptoms after physical, cognitive, emotional or social exertion) are at risk of worsening of symptoms with exercise. Dr Taylor aims to explore all treatment options to ensure you are provided with the most appropriate management plan for your condition, and our clinic’s specialist physiotherapist is experienced in working with the specific issues experienced by people with Long Covid.

People over the age of 16 years who have had Covid-19 and experience on-going symptoms such as extreme tiredness (fatigue), shortness of breath, chest pain/tightness, problems with memory/concentration ("brain fog") and difficulty sleeping (insomnia) may benefit from attending this clinic. Dr Taylor is also happy to see patients with postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS), mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS), myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) who do not have Long Covid.

You can be referred to the clinic by your GP or other specialist. You can also self-refer to the clinic. If you are unable to attend the clinic in person due to mobility issues, video consultations are available. To book one of these video consultations, please call the phone number at the top of this page.