The criteria for referring patients to the Post-COVID-19 Interdisciplinary Clinical Care Network (PC-ICCN) for symptoms of COVID-19 have changed. Before referring a patient, the following must be completed: a full history, a physical examination, and relevant investigations as part of differential diagnoses and to rule out other conditions explaining the symptoms.
Review the PC-ICCN Clinical Workup Checklist for required investigations prior to referral. If a patient’s symptoms cannot be explained by an alternative diagnosis, complete the PC-ICCN referral form and fax to Post-COVID Central Triage at 604 806-8809. The Network accepts patients whose persistent symptoms have lasted more than 3 months following a presumed or confirmed COVID-19 illness.
A nurse from Central Triage will contact the patient directly to review and assess their case and to determine the appropriate level of service. Not all patients will need a clinic visit. The Post-COVID-19 Recovery Clinics support patients with self-recovery tools and rehabilitation services; they do not provide diagnostic or investigative services.
For more information on the PC-ICCN and links to applicable forms, visit www.phsa.ca/our-services/programs-services/post-covid-19-care-network. If you have additional questions, email post-COVID-ICCN@phsa.ca.
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