Your opportunity to feedback on access to HIV clinical care during Covid-19

 

We have been contacted by the Patient Representative sitting on the Northern HIV Clinical Forum who is interested in how people living with HIV have experienced hospital- based HIV outpatient services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

The forum comprises HIV consultants and clinicians from across the North of England and meets a couple of times a year to discuss HIV clinical issues and service developments.

 

The patient representative is keen to hear about experiences of accessing clinical services during the pandemic and how this may have affected people’s management of HIV, particularly the following:

 

  • Has the pandemic affected how, where and when you see your HIV consultant – and if so, how have you felt about any changes?
  • Have you been able to access diagnostic services such as having your bloods done etc?
  • Are you able to access or collect your medication easily? Have there been any problems?
  • Are there any other issues you have experienced accessing hospital-based HIV outpatient services since the lockdown began in March 2020?

 

If you are happy to feedback on any of the above questions, please email your comments to info@ght.org.uk

 

The information we receive will be shared anonymously with the Patient Representative who will feedback to the next meeting of the Northern HIV Clinical Forum in November and report back to George House Trust on the outcome of any discussions.

 

George House Trust may also use any information received to inform our conversations with clinical colleagues. 

 

Thursday, 22 October, 2020

Two-thirds of people living with HIV would like to try injectable treatment

 

Two-thirds of people on HIV treatment would like to switch to a long-acting injectable regimen, according to a four-country survey presented to the virtual HIV Glasgow conference this week. Healthcare professionals answering the same survey thought fewer people – a quarter – would end up switching.

 

The survey was run on behalf of ViiV Healthcare, who make injectable cabotegravir/rilpivirine, so it might be expected to come up with a favourable result. However, an independently run Italian survey found an even greater level of interest, with 89% of respondents being interested in injectables.

 

Read more here

Monday, 5 October, 2020

QUEEN'S AWARD CEREMONY

 

Queens Award Ceremony

 

On Wednesday the 30th of September George House Trust volunteers were joined by the Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Anna Reeves for a fabulous evening of festivities to celebrate being awarded the prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. 

 

There were so many jolly faces present, all adorned in hats of varying shapes and sizes, creating a carnivalesque atmosphere. Pride emanated through the screen when Anna kindly read her citation and summed up our work by saying,

 

“This ground-breaking transformational organisation is changing lives and challenging attitudes towards people living with HIV.”

 

Kind words were shared by staff members, commissioners and our patron Russell T Davies, highlighting the incredible contribution of George House Trust volunteers, and how we really couldn’t do it without them.

 

Rachel Purvis

Volunteer Co-ordinator

Thursday, 1 October, 2020

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