UCLH has opened a new clinic for neurology patients with ‘long COVID’ at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) with funding from the National Brain Appeal. The COVID Neurology Clinic will focus on complaints such as headache, ‘brain fog’, muscle weakness and brain inflammation in patients recovering from the COVID-19 virus.

The National Brain Appeal, the charity attached to the NHNN, has provided £65,000 to fund the service for one year, enabling the clinic to establish quickly to meet the growing demand of patients reporting lingering symptoms.

Led by consultant neurologists Drs Patricia McNamara, Mike Zandi and Hadi Manji, the clinic will see both patients who need help after discharge from hospital and patients who have not been hospitalised but who need access to care for the long-term consequences of the virus.

To access the clinic, patients experiencing post-viral symptoms are encouraged to see their GP and request a referral to UCLH. Patients will be seen face-to-face primarily, although video and telephone consultations will also be used where appropriate. Clinicians are also offering advice and guidance to colleagues throughout the UK through a virtual multidisciplinary meeting (MDT) which has increased from monthly to weekly to cope with the increasing numbers of patients affected by suspected neurological complications.

Service management

Other contact information

Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator: Cristina Marcoci

cristina.marcoci@nhs.net

uclh.enquiry.neuromuscular@nhs.net

Address

QS Covid Neurology (HM403)
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
CNMD, 8-11 Queen Square
London WC1N 3BG

 

Other referral information

GPs within North Central London STP can refer through the NHS e-Referral Service and patients will be triaged to the service most suited to help with their symptoms. GPs outside the North Central London STP can use the advice and guidance service on eReferrals. Patients outside North Central London STP can find a clinic closer to home from this list.

To refer a patient to the Covid Neurology Clinic on eRS please choose:

·         Specialty – Neurology

·         Clinic type – Neuromuscular

·         Organisation – National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

·         Service name – Neuromuscular – NHNN – UCLH – RRV