New COVID-19 Therapeutic Clinic to Provide Access to Specialized COVID-19 Therapies

Posted on Friday January 28, 2022

Durham Region – On January 26, Lakeridge Health opened a new COVID-19 Therapeutic Clinic to provide eligible COVID-19 patients with access to specialized treatment for COVID-19 with anti viral medications, including Paxlovid.

“We’re excited to be able to provide these important treatments, which will help many throughout Durham Region avoid serious outcomes, including hospitalization and death,” said Cynthia Davis, President and CEO of Lakeridge Health. “Throughout the pandemic, we have collaborated with our primary and community care partners to launch the COVID-19 Assessment Centres, the Cold and Flu Clinics, and now this new COVID-19 Therapeutic Clinic.”

The Lakeridge Health clinic is located at the Ajax Pickering Hospital and treats adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at risk of progressing to serious illness. The clinic is by appointment only and patients will be referred to the clinic from COVID-19 Assessment Centres, Cold and Flu Clinics, and community providers.

“Time is of the essence because the treatments work best when given early,” stated Dr. Tony Stone, Chief of Staff at Lakeridge Health. “So, it is essential for individuals to know if they are at higher risk of serious illness. If they develop mild symptoms, cold or flu symptoms, they should seek testing as soon as they can – even if vaccinated.”

A number of treatments are currently available that can help treat adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of progressing to serious illness, including hospitalization or death. Those who are at moderate or high risk of serious illness and hospitalization (e.g., immunocompromised, over 50 years old – with new mild symptoms or worsening symptoms), should seek testing (even if vaccinated) by going to: covid19swab.lh.ca. Click “BOOK NOW” and then “Physician Assessment” to be assessed at a COVID-19 Assessment Centre for eligibility for testing or treatment. Individuals can also call 905-721-4842, if they are unable to book online.

Public Health and provincial guidance to stay home and self-isolate remains consistent for those who are at low risk for serious illness or hospitalization.

Dr. Stone adds that while current treatments may prevent adverse outcomes for those who are eligible, they do not replace other public health measures, including vaccination, wearing masks, and physical distancing, with vaccination being the most effective measure at preventing severe illness.

More information about who is at moderate or high risk and the COVID-19 Therapeutic Clinic is on the COVID-19 information page on our website at www.lh.ca.

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About Lakeridge Health

Lakeridge Health is Durham Region’s acute care provider, offering one of the broadest and most comprehensive ranges of acute care services in the province. With five hospitals, four Emergency Departments, and more than 20 community health care locations, Lakeridge Health offers its culturally diverse community a wide range of acute care, ambulatory care and long-term care services across multiple sites. Guided by its vision of One System. Best Health., Lakeridge Health is committed to delivering the highest standard of care and supporting patients and their families on their care journey with compassion and kindness.

 

For information contact: 

Sharon Navarro

Manager, PR and Digital Communications

Lakeridge Health

905-453-7889

snavarro@lh.ca