Dr. Claire Taylor
Dr Claire Taylor is an experienced GP with a special interest in Long Covid, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTS), mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) and myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS).
Dr Taylor is a former Neuroscientist with a BSc Neuroscience (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh. She worked in cancer research for a year before undertaking a degree in medicine at Dundee University. She graduated in medicine (MBChB) with distinction in 2008. Dr Taylor has worked in various specialties after qualifying such as general medicine, accident and emergency, gynaecology and rheumatology.
Dr Taylor completed her GP training in 2017 and works as an NHS GP partner. She enjoys all aspects of general practice but is particularly interested in the immune system and post-viral illnesses. She first developed an interest in ME/CFS while working in rheumatology clinics and seeing patients with normal blood tests and scans who were clearly very unwell. There appeared to be no understanding of a unifying, underlying pathology and patients were discharged with no treatment.
As a former neuroscientist, Dr Taylor has a good understanding of the autonomic nervous system and realised many of the patients also had POTS and MCAS. She has worked for an ME/CFS charity during the pandemic and through this consulted with many Long Covid patients who had nowhere else to turn. She has since given talks about Long Covid on independent SAGE and addressed the Scottish Parliament about the need for further research into Long Covid. She is also a member of the World Health Network expert advisory team on Long Covid. She is an advocate for patients and fully up to date with any upcoming research, whilst she is also looking at the cardiovascular effects of Covid-19.
Dr Taylor runs Scotland's first private Long Covid Clinic at Kings Park Hospital in Stirling. Ages 16+ can be referred to the clinic by their GP or other specialist. You can also self-refer to the clinic. If you are unable to attend the clinic in person due to mobility issues, video consultations are available.