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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)


This webpage is frequently updated. Please check back regularly for the latest news.


COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: SERVICE UPDATE
 JAN  11 MON  

Please do not come to the clinic at the moment unless you have been specifically asked to do so by a member of staff.

 

With the high levels of Covid-19 in the community at this time, it is essential that we do all we can to keep ourselves and each other safe.

 

Many of our staff have now been redeployed to meet the challenge of Covid elsewhere in the hospital and we are only able to offer a very restricted service at present. The NHS is facing unprecedented demand and is under great pressure.

 

Staff are reviewing all upcoming appointments. Most will be cancelled and rebooked for a later date and we will be in touch to ensure you receive your medication and a new appointment. 

 

If however the medical team feel you need to be seen in the clinic, or have a telephone review, they will arrange this for you and you will be contacted by the reception team.

 

If you have concerns regarding your medicines or have less than 1 month supply at home, please call reception 020 8725 3140. Please leave a message with your name, date of birth and hospital number if staff are unable to take your call and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

The nurse walk in service has been suspended so please do not come to the clinic for blood tests unless asked to do so by a member of the team.

 

Revised opening times for patients who have been asked to attend :

 

Monday

09:00 – 16:00

Tuesday

09:00 – 16:00

Wednesday

09:00 – 13:00

Thursday

09:00 - 16:00

Friday

09:00 – 13:00 

 

 

If you have any concerns relating to your HIV care and medication, please call 020 8725 3140 during our revised opening times and ask to speak to a nurse. Please leave a voicemail with your name, date of birth and hospital number if staff are unable to take your call and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

We recognise that this is a very tough time for everyone and we hope that you find things on this website that will support you through this. If you need additional help, please call 020 8725 3140 and ask to speak to a health adviser.

 

We thank you for your understanding and look forward to offering our usual service as soon as possible.

 

Take care and stay safe,

 

The HIV Team

 


COVID-19 AND HIV 

For further information about Covid–19, click/tap the NHS logo. 

 

 

For further information about HIV and Covid-19, click/tap the i-base logo.

 


I'M HIV+... DO I NEED TO SHIELD?

There is no evidence to suggest that people with well controlled HIV should shield. The British HIV Association and the Terence Higgins Trust guidance is that only people with a CD4 count less than 50 or those who have had a recent opportunistic illness need to shield.

 

BHIVAMore information is on their website simply click/tap on the logo here.

 

More information about Coronavirus and shielding can be found here: 

GOV.UK - Guidance on shielding  

GOV.UK - Coronavirus

 


For latest HIV news click/tap the aidsmap logo.

 

 


COVID-19 VACCINE FOR THOSE LIVING WITH HIV

Data on SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in people with HIV is limited, but based on their safety profiles to date, and the nature of the vaccines, there is no reason for additional concern. People with HIV can produce weaker responses to some vaccines; we do not yet know if this applies to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines but will monitor this carefully and update this guidance accordingly.

 

More information from the BHIVA website is available. Click or tap on the image below for the link to the relevant page.

 

 

i-Base have created some useful Q&As regarding COVID-19 vaccines. Click or tap on their logo below for the relevant page.

 

 


CAN I GET HELP WITH MY MENTAL HEALTH?

If you are concerned about your emotional well-being please call 020 8725 3140 and ask to speak to one of the Health Advisers. If you are already linked in with a Community Mental Health Team please contact them direct.

 

The mental health charity, Mind, have prepared a list of useful resources, as well as practical advice, for people who may be struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

And it covers:

  • Practical advice for staying at home
  • Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing
  • Support for work, benefits and housing
  • Checklist for staying at home

 

mind.org.ukIt can be found on their website or simply click/tap on the logo here.


Psychology Tools have put together this guide to help you to manage your worry and anxiety in these uncertain times.

Click/tap on the image to view the guide.

 

More information about mental health support can be found here:

GOV.UK - New advice to support mental health coronavirus outbreak 

MENTALHEALTH.ORG.UK - Looking after your mental health during coronavirus outbreak


COMMUNITY GROUPS AND PEER SUPPORT

The following community organisations are providing online support or telephone counselling and advice on other issues arising from the lockdown. Tap/click on the logos below.



     



Living Well is providing a FREE mental health and wellbeing service for any Londoners from the HIV, LGBT+ or BAME communities who are over 18 and are struggling with the impact of the COVID restrictions, e.g. suffering from anxiety, loneliness or isolation.


Living Well’s CONNECT WELL provides a range of free online and telephone support, including: one-to-one life coaching, counselling and hypnotherapy; and online group sessions such as wellbeing workshops, qigong and art therapy. 

To be eligible for any of CONNECT WELL’s free support services, you must be 18 years or over, resident in London and be part of the LGBT+, HIV or BAME community. 

To find out more, register or refer someone to CONNECT WELL all you need do is click on following link and complete the relevant form and someone from the team will get in touch: connectwellnow.com

 


TOGETHERALL - SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH

The mental health of most people has taken a hit at some point during the pandemic. The increased stresses of life during lockdown, especially for those shielding has really taken a toll on us all. If you are struggling, please remember you are not alone and 24/7 help is available wherever you live.

Togetherall provide resources on your phone to help tackle whatever issues are happening for you. There are online communities and forums, trained professionals, self-guided courses and much, much more. You can interact as much or as little as you like on the site. Visit their website for more by clicking/tapping on the logo.


CHILDREN'S HIV ASSOCIATION

Click or tap on the poster below.

 

 


 

The African Migrant Men Space provides a safe space for the specific needs of Black African migrant and refugee men. It is a space where men come together to chat about all topics that interest them, sports, family, politics, work, marriage with an opportunity to network, socialise, network and support one another in comfortable non-judgmental  environment.

 

What to expect:

  • Group Discussions (language support for Congolese and Somali men)
  • 1:1 free session with a male therapist
  • Peer to peer support
  • Networking
  • Support
  • Culturally appropriate service
  • Safe space

For more information call Oladapo on 07930 321097 or by email: oladapo@canafri.org.uk.

 


HELP WITH THE FLU JAB

This Winter it is particularly important to look after your health. You are entitled to a free flu jab to protect you for this season. If your GP is unaware of your seropositive status, we have a letter you can give to them to ensure you can access your free jab, without your confidentiality being broken. We are making it possible for you to collect a letter from reception, upon request. It is also possible for the letter to be sent to your home address. We are unable to send it directly to your GP. 

 

More information about the flu vaccine from the NHS website can be seen here: 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

 


GMHC

The Gay Men’s Health Collective (GMHC) is the umbrella for three beautifully proportioned independent volunteer-led projects for the health, sexual health, and well-being of gay and bisexual men. Click/tap on the logo.


NHS FITNESS STUDIO  

We are trying to encourage people to start or increase exercise levels over the next few months as it has so many tangible benefits.

 

Exercise helps to: reduce stress levels, improve mood, regulate weight, build and tone muscles, reduce the chances of developing type-2 diabetes, reduce blood pressure, increase lung health and build strength to name just a few benefits.

 

The NHS has developed a 'Fitness Studio' where people can access guided exercises for strength training, bellydancing, aerobics and La Bomba. There are some gentle beginner level videos with 10-minute exercises to ease into movement and other videos offering full body workouts for 45 minutes. With exercise every little helps. It doesn't matter where you start, it just matters that you start.

 

Visit the NHS Fitness Studio website by clicking/tapping on the image above.


UK’s largest independent organisation that specialise in therapy services for people who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean. Their primary focus and area of expertise is to support people from these heritages. However, they are open to other People of Colour who are affected by prejudice due to the colour of their skin and global white power. <click/tap on the their logo to visit their website>


LGBTQ+ CHATS

Age UK Wandsworth recognises the effect that isolation and inactivity can have on people especially during this lockdown period. They have launched a new initiative called LBGTQ+ targeted at older LGBTQ people living in the borough to develop and maintain social contact with access support from a trained volunteer.

 

We are offering a new service for older LGBTQ+ residents who are feeling isolated and inactive.

Our specially trained LGBTQ+ volunteers can call at a convenient time to have a friendly chat and talk you through some gentle exercises to promote mobility. All exercises have been designed by a professional trainer and are desigjned to be fun and accessible, not telephone bootcamp!

Once COVID restrictions are lifted, the volunteer will be able to introduce you to other activities in the area, such as our new LGBTQ+ coffee morning.

If you think you might benefit from an Active Chat, please contact Rebecca on rebecca.l@ageukwandsworth.org.uk or 020 8877 8940.


Black History Month - Stories, Work and Opinions

Fast-Track Cities London and One Voice Network are marking Black History Month 2020 by documenting the stories, work and opinions of Black people living with HIV in London and the people and organisations supporting them. Click/tap on image.

 

 


DO YOU NEED HELP WITH HOUSING OR BENEFITS?

Samuel Serunjogi is our resident Benefits and Housing adviser from Metro and he is available to support you during this time with any practical issues that you may need support with. Worried about your housing? Need help to apply for the benefits you might be entitled to? Job situation changed? Sam is your man and can be contacted by phone on: 07947 554843 or by email at: samuel.serunjogi@nhs.net.


NEED HELP WITH YOUR DRUG/ALCOHOL USE?

Information about drug and alcohol services in Wandsworth can be found here:

For Information about taking drugs and harm reduction please click/tap below:


TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

Are you struggling to explain to the children in your family just what the coronavirus pandemic is all about? There's an illustrative free information book that could be a solution and may help children to understand. Click or tap on the book cover to look inside.