Managing Your Physical Health
HIV consultations with your Doctor
Our doctors are all experts in HIV care with many years of experience of managing HIV and HIV related complications. You are at the centre of your medical care. You can expect you doctor to check your medical history, current medicines, ask about your psychological wellbeing and also support you with any other problems you may be experiencing. A key factor will be checking your HIV medicines are the best for you, and also reviewing your blood tests results. Part of your HIV care is about ensuring we keep you healthy in the future, so we will also discuss other health issues with you (for example – cardiovascular risk, diabetes, cholesterol, menopause, bone health). We currently have limited face to face appointments and most consultations are done by telephone. Video consultations may be available on request. If anything could be better, please let us know. We are here to provide you the best possible service, and feedback is always welcome.
You can expect our friendly and professional nursing team in the centre to have extensive experience and expertise in HIV care. Our aim is to work collaboratively with you and the broader team to help you manage your health and wellbeing. This could involve advising you about your treatment, supporting you through any difficulties and helping you to get the best care possible. Primarily we are here for you.
HIV Nurse Specialist (working in hospital and community)
We support patients who are living with HIV where they may be facing challenges with their health and wider issues (social, practical, medical, emotional). We recognise that many factors come in the way of you managing your HIV effectively; we are here to get a sense of what this is for you and help you find solutions. We support patients in the following settings, as an inpatient, in the outpatient service, and able to visit patients in their own home. We work in partnership with multi-agency including social workers, support workers, GPs, charity sectors. Patients can self-refer or be referred by wider care services.
We provide the following:
Improving access to care for patients who are lost to follow up
Liaising with other agencies and signposting
We run an emergency clinic within the Ian Charleson Day Centre for HIV related problems on weekdays. To book an appointment please call the clinic on 020 375 82029 (Option 1). For other problems we strongly encourage you to see your GP. The emergency clinic does not replace your regular HIV doctor appointments or the routine services that your GP provides.
Registering with a GP
We strongly recommend that you register with a GP. Your GP plays an active role in monitoring your health in tandem with your HIV care and is usually the most qualified to deal effectively with non-HIV related complaints. Without knowing all your health details, your GP may not be able to accurately diagnose what is wrong with you. Moreover, it is important that whenever someone prescribes medication, they are aware of what you are already taking so that they can avoid giving you something that may interact with your existing medication and potentially make you feel worse or even cause your HIV medication to stop working. If you do not have a GP, search for a GP in your area.
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