UT Health opens COVID-19 Recovery Clinic to help patients with lingering symptoms

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) – UT Health East Texas Physicians opened a COVID-19 Recovery Clinic Monday at UT Health North Campus Tyler. The clinic is designed to treat patients who continue to experience lingering symptoms.

Some still have issues like brain fog, fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste and other symptoms. The clinic has a multidisciplinary team that will screen, assess, treat and provide referrals for patients who continue to experience negative health effects.

Advanced practice registered nurse Tara Sadler said that some patients experience lingering effects, even if they did not have symptoms of COVID-19 when they had it. She said that patients can have symptoms for months after they were sick.

Though the clinic opened Monday, appointments have already been pouring in.

“The phones have been ringing off the hook with similar complaints,” Sadler said.

During your first visit, you’ll need to answer a series of questions about your symptoms and medical history.

“We’ll have a series of tests that day,” Sadler said. “That could be a breathing test or maybe a chest X-ray, and then I’ll meet with the team and decide what is best for them.”

The team includes representatives from pulmonary and critical care medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, dietary, behavioral health and clinical research.

Sadler leads the team alongside Dr. Megan Devine and Dr. Renee Hebbeler-Clark.

In the future, they intend to add clinical research, as patients will have the option to enroll in studies about COVID-19.

To make an appointment or get more information, call 903-877-2899.

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