Find out what to expect when you come to hospital for your appointment.
Before your appointment
Newly diagnosed patients with HIV will be seen by a doctor within two weeks. You are welcome to bring a relative, close friend or carer with you to your appointment.
Wear comfortable clothing to your appointment as the doctor may need to carry out a physical examination. Please bring with you your up-to-date contact details, GP details and a list of current medications.
If you need to change or cancel your appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
During your appointment
When you arrive please go to the first floor of the Jefferiss Wing and turn right at the top of the stairs. The clinic is signposted Wharfside Clinic. Please check in at the self-service kiosk or reception.
Please note that we are a teaching hospital, so medical students may be present for some appointments. If you do not wish to have them in the room please let the nurse or doctor know and the students will be asked to step outside.
You may wait up to 30 minutes to be seen and your appointment will likely take 20 minutes, however these may run over if additional tests or investigations are required. Please plan to spend approximately an hour with us.
During your appointment we will take your medical and sexual history and complete a physical examination and blood tests. We will also discuss specialist and healthy living advice before prescribing any necessary medications.
After your appointment
Monitoring blood tests are done every six months for stable patients. Other tests are offered annually, including cervical cytology in women, anal cytology in at-risk individuals and sexually transmitted infection screening.
Stable patients are seen annually by a consultant and can choose a nurse appointment or an "e-clinic" appointment after six months. Any results are communicated as arranged by the doctor.
Additional information for patients
Please see these links and leaflets from trusted sources for helpful information about living with HIV:
- Introduction to antiretroviral treatment (ART) guide from i-Base
- More i-Base guides to living with and treating HIV
- Pocket guides to HIV treatments, adherence and more from i-Base
- Leaflets from the HIV Pharmacy Association
- HIV drug interactions checker
- Care Information Exchange
- British HIV Association
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