Lakeridge Health Ajax opens new COVID therapeutic clinic

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Published January 28, 2022 at 5:01 pm

Lakeridge Health opened a new COVID-19 Therapeutic Clinic in Ajax Wednesday to provide eligible 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,” said 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.”

There are treatments 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 or over 50 years old with new mild or worsening symptoms), should seek testing (even if vaccinated) by going to covid19swab.lh.ca and choosing ‘BOOK NOW,’ followed by ‘Physician Assessment,” to be assessed for eligibility for testing or treatment.

Residents 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.

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 at www.lh.ca.

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