The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Your HIV outpatient service is changing

The HIV outpatient service in Dewsbury and Wakefield is changing. From the 1st August 2017 Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) will be providing HIV treatment and care to people living with HIV and accessing care in the Dewsbury, Wakefield and Leeds areas.

LTHT, NHS England and MidYorks NHS Trust are working together to ensure that the transfer of your care from the MidYorks to the LTHT HIV service is safe and as smooth as possible so that your HIV treatment and care is not affected.

The new service will be called the Brotherton Wing Clinic / Service. HIV outpatient clinics will be available in Dewsbury, Wakefield and Leeds (LGI). Dewsbury clinics will be located within the Dewsbury Health Centre at the Sexual Health service run by Locala. Wakefield clinics will be located at Spectrum's Trinity Walk Sexual Health Service. HIV care in Leeds will continue to be provided at Brotherton Wing Clinic, Brotherton Wing, Leeds General Infirmary.

All appointments will be managed and booked through the Brotherton Wing Clinic / Service reception team. Queries about your HIV care or medication can also be handled through the same number; the reception team will take a message and a pharmacist, nurse or doctor will call you back to answer your query.

Please see below Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the new service which we hope you will find helpful.

If you have any other questions or concerns about these changes before the 1st August you need to contact your current MidYorks HIV service in Dewsbury or Wakefield. Contact number: 01924 816120

From 1st August 2017 onwards you can contact the Brotherton Wing Clinic / Service directly on 0113 3926762.

You can also speak to MESMAC (Begin) or The Brunswick Centre staff as we (LTHT) are working closely with them to ensure that the new service we provide for you is excellent. Contact details for MESMAC: Tel: 01924 211116 & Brunswick: Tel: 01484 469691.

FAQ's

1. Where can I access HIV care from 1st August 2017?

From 1st August 2017 Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) will be providing HIV treatment and care to people living with HIV in the Dewsbury, Wakefield and Leeds areas. This means you can access HIV outpatient care in Dewsbury, Wakefield or Leeds (LGI).

2. Where will the new Dewsbury and Wakefield HIV clinics be located?

Dewsbury clinics will be located within the Dewsbury Health Centre at the Sexual Health service run by Locala. Address: Dewsbury Health Centre, Dewsbury Health Centre, Wellington Road, Dewsbury, WF13 1HN.

Wakefield clinics will be located at Spectrum's Trinity Walk Sexual Health Service. This is located in Trinity Walk shopping centre in Wakefield, behind ASDA Living. Address: Trinity Walk Clinic, Unit LG1A, Trinity Walk Shopping Centre, Wakefield, WF1 1QS.


3. When will clinics run?

Clinics will run in Dewsbury on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday afternoons.
Clinics will run in Wakefield on Monday afternoons and Friday afternoons.

Please note that these clinic sessions are for those patients with appointments only.


4. Can I speak to a doctor or nurse between appointments?

Yes - contact Brotherton Wing Clinic / Service on 0113 3926762. The reception staff will take a message and pass this onto the clinical team who will ring you back.


5. How do I make / cancel / change an appointment?

All patients accessing care at Wakefield, Dewsbury and Leeds will contact 'Brotherton Wing Clinic @ Leeds (LGI)' to book / cancel / change appointments. The number to call is 0113 3926762.

Once you have been seen for the first time in the new service your next appointment will usually be booked at the end of your clinic visit.


6. Will the staff be the same in the new clinics?

Some of the doctors you were seeing in the MidYorks service will stay the same (Dr. Vinu Nair and Dr. Amy Tobin) and other doctors will be new to you. The new doctors you may see are currently working in the Leeds HIV service. We will rotate staff through the clinics.


7. Will I always see a doctor?

Patients who are stable (on or off medication) and with no other significant medical issues will usually be seen by one of the HIV Clinical Nurse Specialists or HIV Specialist Pharmacist. Other patients will be seen by a doctor. Most clinics will be run with a doctor and nurse or HIV pharmacist working alongside each other.


8. When I'm at clinic will it be obvious I'm an HIV patient?

We will do everything we can to ensure that patients being seen for HIV treatment and care by the Brotherton Wing Clinic / Service Team are not obviously different from any other patients being seen at the Dewsbury and Wakefield locations. You will report to the same reception team, sit in the same waiting area and be called through to clinic in the same way.


9. How long will my appointments be ?

Appointments are usually 30 minutes but can be longer if required.


10. How frequently will I be seen?

Patients who are stable (on or off medication) and with no other significant medical issues will usually be seen 6 monthly. Stable patients on HIV medication for prevention 'TAsP' will usually be seen 4 monthly. Patients with more complex needs may be seen more often.


11. If I need a sexual health screen will this be done during my appointment?

Yes. We will routinely offer a sexual health screen (chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis) to all patients at least annually and more often than this if required.

As HIV services are not funded to provide sexual health screens we will be working with Locala at Dewsbury, Spectrum at Wakefield and Leeds Sexual Health at Leeds to be able to do your sexual health screen during your HIV appointment if needed. However, we will only be able to do your sexual health screen during your HIV appointment if you just need a 'check-up' i.e. you do not have any symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection.


12. How will I get my medications?
Most patients accessing the current MidYorks Wakefield and Dewsbury HIV service are already on home delivery with a company called Biodose. Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) currently uses the same company for all their Leeds patients on home delivery. For these patients there will be no change to the way their medication is delivered to them.

There will be the option for patients who do not want their medication delivered to home to select an 'alternative delivery' addresses e.g. their GP, a local pharmacy, their work address, a friend's house, MESMAC / Brunswick offices, Spectrum / Locala clinics etc.

As the new Dewsbury and Wakefield clinics are being provided by LTHT patients will be able to collect their medication from LTHT, but not MidYorks, hospitals out-patient pharmacy.


13. How will my notes be stored and used?

Your original HIV records / notes will be kept safely and confidentially by the MidYorks Trust. A complete copy of these records / notes will be transferred to Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) by 1st August 2017 to ensure that your care is not interrupted in any way as the service moves from one hospital trust to another.

As per national standards of care and recommendations (BHIVA & NAT) we recommend and actively encourage all of our patients (Wakefield, Dewsbury and Leeds):

  • to give us permission to write to their GP and
  • to give us permission to move their HIV care from a stand-alone HIV record onto the hospital patient record system.
As HIV is a long-term medical condition this enables better communication between hospital doctors and GPs and therefore provides safer care for you e.g. reduces the risk of interactions between your HIV and other medications, avoids unnecessary or repeated investigations etc. This will only be done with your consent but it is highly recommended.


14. What do I do if I have any other questions or concerns in relation to the new service?
Before 1st August you need to contact your current MidYorks HIV service in Dewsbury or Wakefield.

From 1st August 2017 you can contact us directly on 0113 3926762. If the reception team cannot answer your question they will take a message and pass it onto someone else on the clinical team who can and they will call you back.

You can also speak to MESMAC (Begin) or The Brunswick Centre staff as we (LTHT) are working closely with them to ensure that the new service we provide for you is excellent. Contact details for MESMAC: Tel: 01924 211116 & Brunswick: Tel: 01484 469691.