Supporting patients with Post COVID-19 Syndrome (Long COVID)

Post-COVID-19 Syndrome or ‘Long COVID’, may be considered as symptoms extending beyond 12 weeks from initial symptom onset. Whilst knowledge and understanding of post COVID-19 conditions is still evolving, there is some evidence to suggest it may be experienced by up to 30 per cent of people who had a COVID-19 infection and may not be related to the severity of their illness.

To support General Practitioners and other Health Professionals caring for patients experiencing post
COVID-19 symptoms, HealthPathways SA (HPSA) recently launched the Post COVID-19 Syndrome (Long COVID) Pathway.

The Pathway provides easy access to comprehensive, evidence-based assessment, management and localised referral resources, specific to the South Australian context. 

“The Pathway deals with the aftermath of the COVID-19 infection and longer-term impacts on the health and wellbeing resilience of our patients. It gives General Practitioners and other Health Professionals the guidelines that they need moving forward; from the different complex medical conditions that arise and the exacerbation of existing conditions that may come months and possibly years after the COVID-19 infection”.

“The Pathway is worded in a very streamlined and simple way, it walks you through taking a good history, aetiology of the syndrome, examination and various steps and resources involved in care before exploring referral options”.

Dr Muazzam Rifat, GP Clinical Editor

HPSA extends sincere thanks to South Australian General Practitioners Dr Muazzam Rifat; Dr Eve Bailey; and the SA Health COVID-19 Response GP Liaison Officer team for their efforts and work in development of the Pathway.

The following COVID pathways are also available:

Referral pages

Access the HealthPathways SA portal for more information.

If you are not registered, you can request access here.

For all enquiries, please contact the HPSA Team:

HealthPathways SA is a partnership between Wellbeing SA, Adelaide PHN and Country SA PHN.

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