B.C. is taking its long-COVID clinics online and removing access to their doctors – CBC

All regional post-COVID clinics in B.C. will transition to a virtual model after March 31

Feb 09, 2023

Lynne Davies loved to dance. She would take daily classes. She was also an avid hiker and cycler.

Then, on Feb. 2, 2022, everything changed. Davies caught COVID-19, eventually developing long COVID, a condition with more than a hundred symptoms that, for some, can be devastating.

“It’s one of those dates you always remember,” said Davies.

Davies was referred to the post-COVID recovery clinic at Vancouver General Hospital, an interdisciplinary program that brings together a team of experts, including doctors, nurses, social workers and physiotherapists. It also offers patients educational resources and classes.

However, that will soon change.

The Provincial Health Services Authority [PHSA] has confirmed that at the end of March, it will close its four regional post-COVID clinics and transition to one centralized, virtual program. Patients will no longer have access to a doctor, according to a post-COVID recovery clinic letter sent to a patient and reviewed by CBC News.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/b-c-covid-transition-1.6742906

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