HIV testing week and web chat

20 November 2015

Monte Fields, senior sexual health advisorNext week, the Royal Free London is running a series of additional drop-in clinics for patients who would like an HIV test – see the additional opening times below.

As part of HIV testing week, which starts on Monday, the trust would like to encourage patients to get tested. Getting an early diagnosis means you are much more likely to stay healthy for longer.

Monte Fields, senior health advisor at the Marlborough Clinic at the Royal Free Hospital said: “With modern, free NHS treatment, HIV is now a manageable condition. Know your HIV status – and talk to your family, friends and partners about testing.”

To celebrate World AIDS Day on 1 December, the trust is holding a web chat on HIV, hepatitis and general sexual health.

Join Monte from 1-2pm on Tuesday 1 December 2015 for answers to all your questions. If you would like to submit a question in advance, please email rf.communications@nhs.net with 'HIV web chat' in the subject line.

HIV test drop in clinics

Clare Simpson Clinic, Barnet Hospital

  • Monday 23 November 9am-midday and 2-7pm
  • Tuesday 24 November 9am-midday and 2-7pm
  • Wednesday 25 November 1-7pm
  • Thursday 26 November 9am-midday and 2-7pm
  • Friday 27 November 9am-1pm

Clare Simpson Clinic, Edgware Community Hospital

  • Monday 23 November 9am-1pm and 4-7pm
  • Thursday 26 November 9am-midday
  • Saturday 28 November 10am-1pm

On Monday 23 November the Terrence Higgins Trust are doing walk-in testing from 9am-6pm at Superdrug, Broadwalk Shopping Centre in Edgware. The Clare Simpson Clinic will also be running an information booth.

Marlborough Clinic, Royal Free Hospital

  • Monday 23 November 9am-3pm
  • Tuesday 24 November 1-6pm
  • Wednesday 25 November 1-7pm
  • Thursday 26 November 1-6pm
  • Friday 27 November 9am-3pm

Ian Charleson Day Centre, Royal Free Hospital

  • Monday 23 November 9am-6pm
  • Tuesday 24 November 9am-4.30pm
  • Wednesday 25 November midday-4.30pm
  • Thursday 26 November 9am-4.30pm
  • Friday 27 November 9am-4.30pm

ENDS

Notes to editors

Media contacts: mary.mcconnell2@nhs.net or call 020 7472 6665

Image: Monte Fields, senior sexual health advisor

About the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Free began as a pioneering organisation and continues to play a leading role in the care of patients. Our mission is to provide world class expertise and local care. In the 21st century, the Royal Free London continues to lead improvements in healthcare.

The Royal Free London attracts patients from across the country and beyond to its specialist services in liver, kidney and bone marrow transplantation, haemophilia, renal, HIV, infectious diseases, plastic surgery, immunology, vascular surgery, cardiology, amyloidosis and scleroderma and we are a member of the academic health science partnership UCLPartners.

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