Who is the HIV Clinical Nurse Specialist Service for?
This service is for young people and adults aged 16 and over, living with HIV or AIDS, and who are registered with a Harrow GP.
What does the service provide?
The service supports people living with HIV or AIDS to manage their infection and make healthy choices.
Patients are given an initial assessment followed by six monthly re-assessments, carried out by a HIV clinical nurse specialist (HIV CNS). A care package is then implemented and the patient is graded between level 1 and 3 depending on level of need.
Continued care and support is provided by a HIV CNS through face-to-face visits, telephone consultations and liaison with both primary and secondary care teams involved with the individual patient.
Collaborating with public health, in relation to HIV services development in primary care, this service provides HIV education and training to local partners in health, social and voluntary sectors, where capacity allows.
- Improve the quality of life of patients.
- Reduce unnecessary emergency admissions.
- Promote adherence to antiretroviral therapy.
- Facilitate patients under paediatric HIV service to transition to adult services.
- Participate in the family clinic at Northwick Park hospital, support women in relation to pregnancy and the free baby milk scheme.
- Reduce the number of people with undiagnosed HIV in Harrow, through measures including HIV testing, support with partner notification, support, and advice for discordant couples with conception.
- Reduce the transmission of HIV, through measures including patient education on risk reduction, and undetectable viral load.
- Reducing stigma and discrimination attached to HIV through measures including advocating for patients, increasing HIV awareness via GP testing and liaison with voluntary organisations.
How do I access the service?
Patients can refer themselves by simply asking for an appointment. Alternatively, referrals can be made by health professionals, including GPs. This can be done by telephone, fax, email, or in person at the Caryl Thomas clinic.
When the patient asks for an appointment or is referred to the service by a professional, the patient will be given an appointment.
If the patient is known to be HIV positive, they will receive a full initial assessment.
If the patient is referred for HIV testing, an HIV testing appointment will be made and an HIV test will be undertaken.
This service is available Monday to Thursday, 7am to 5pm. Patients are not routinely offered appointments on Fridays unless it is a patient with extreme circumstances.
The service is provided at the Caryl Thomas clinic, Headstone Drive, Harrow, HA1 4UQ.
The service is provided by London North West Healthcare NHS Trust (LNWHT).
For further information about the service, visit NW London Sexual Health