HIV

What we do

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, where possible we will offer telephone appointments to people who are registered with the Caldecot Centre. We may contact you prior to your appointment, which in some instances will be postponed. We will continue to offer face to face appointments if you have complex health needs that cannot be managed by phone.

If you are asked to attend the clinic, you should not come if you develop symptoms of coronavirus, or if you have had contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected coronavirus.

People living with HIV should continue to follow general health advice regarding the outbreak. Please go to the gov.uk website for the most current government advice.

New patient appointments
We continue to offer face to face appointments to people who are newly diagnosed. If you have had a positive HIV test, you can self-refer by emailing kch-tr.SexualHealthSecretaries@nhs.net. In the email please include your name, contact details, date of birth, and the date that you took the test. Your GP or other health care provider can also refer you.

Medication
Call the Caldecot pharmacy on 0203 299 3851 or email kch-tr.SexualHealthPharmacists@nhs.net to arrange repeat prescriptions. We will ensure that all patients have a continuous supply of medication, either by home delivery or by collection from the King’s pharmacy. When requesting or collecting medication, please ensure you have your hospital number.

Emergency clinic
If you are registered with us for your HIV care, call 020 3299 5000 to book an emergency telephone triage appointment.

Blood test appointments
If you have a well controlled HIV infection on antiretroviral medication, we will postpone your blood test appointment if it is safe to do so. A member of clinical staff will decide if your test can be safely postponed and contact you by phone.

Appointments with a doctor
If you have an appointment with a doctor, it will be conducted by phone as long as it is clinically safe to do so. If you have an appointment in the coming days or weeks, you will be contacted in due course. If you are unsure, call 020 3299 5000 for advice.

Dietician appointments
All appointments with a dietician will take place by phone.

Vaccinations for Hepatitis B (HBV) and human papilloma virus
Most routine vaccination appointments will be postponed. Once the outbreak has been declared over please contact us to reschedule your appointment

Routine screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
If you need a routine sexual health check-up, complete your sexual health testing by ordering a home testing kit.

STI symptoms
If you have symptoms of an STI, you can request a telephone call back through the phone consultation booking page and a clinician will phone you at the allocated time. The rainbow clinic for gay men is currently cancelled for foreseeable future.

About the Caldecot Centre

At the Caldecot Centre we offer:

  • Specialist services for newly diagnosed patients.
  • Regular follow-up appointments with doctors and nurses.
  • An emergency service for urgent HIV-related problems.
  • Antiretroviral treatment.
  • Sexual health screening, smear tests and contraceptive advice for people living with HIV.
  • Counselling and health advice.
  • Nutrition and dietary advice.
  • A specialist pharmacy for HIV drugs and other essential medication.
  • An antenatal clinic with a specialist midwife for HIV-positive women who are pregnant.
  • A family clinic for children and adolescents with HIV.
  • Specialist clinics for people with HIV and tuberculosis (TB), liver problems such as hepatitis, neurological problems and a psychiatry liaison referral service.
  • A medical gynaecology service for women living with HIV.
  • Advice and support on social and welfare issues.
  • Results by email/phone for routine blood tests.

Appointment-only clinic times (subject to change)
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 7.30pm
Wednesday: 12.45pm - 7.30pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm

Caldecot Pharmacy opening times
Monday: 9am - 5.30pm (closed 1pm - 2pm)
Tuesday: 9am - 5.30pm (closed 1pm - 2pm)
Wednesday: 1pm - 5.30pm
Thursday: 8am - 5.30pm (closed 1pm - 2pm)
Friday: 9am - 4.30pm (closed 1pm - 2pm)

We are closed on bank (public) holidays.

Emergency walk-in clinic times

Monday: 10am - 11.30am
Tuesday: 10am - 11.30am
Wednesday: 1.30pm - 3pm
Thursday: 10am - 11.30am
Friday: 10am - 11.30am

The emergency walk-in clinic is closed on bank holidays.

HIV Treatment Information Base has more information about HIV and its treatment.

Information leaflets
For more information about a wide range of sexual health issues, visit www.fpa.org.uk and search for 'leaflet and booklet downloads'.

Research
King's HIV Research Centre is a leader in research into HIV-associated kidney disease in the UK. It has a number of clinical trials and observational studies in which patients are encouraged to participate.

Location

Ground floor, Caldecot Centre, 15-22 Caldecot Road, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

Conditions we treat

The Caldecot Centre is a dedicated clinic that serves the social and welfare needs of people living with HIV, whether they are newly diagnosed, stable on medication, have symptoms or have HIV-related complications.

Services include regular appointments with clinicians, as well as HIV testing and counselling provided by health advisers.

An on-site pharmacy provides rapid access to drug dispensing for our patients.

We have general medical beds in Oliver Ward for the care of patients with HIV.

We run specialist antenatal clinics attended by a specialist midwife for women with HIV. We also run a specialist paediatric clinic for families with HIV and their children.

Other clinics include those for people with HIV and liver problems, neurological problems, tuberculosis (TB), contraceptive issues or problems with antiretroviral treatment.

Booking a patient at King's

Routine Referrals

We will contact referrals within two working days and offer them an appointment within five working days.

Please complete the referral form below or write a referral letter and email it to kch-tr.SexualHealthSecretaries@nhs.net

Patients are welcome to self-refer to the service if they have had a positive HIV test.

To discuss referrals, contact:

  • Dr Elizabeth Hamlyn, Consultant Physician, tel 020 3299 4535
  • Julie Baker, HIV Clinical Nurse Specialist, tel 020 3299 3707 / 07890 251264

Emergency Referrals

For emergency inpatient referrals, call 020 3299 9000 and ask for the specialist registrar to be bleeped on 515.

Other Queries

For information about antiretroviral drug interactions, contact our specialist pharmacy team on 020 3299 3851.

Referral Forms

Please complete the relevant form and note any pre-consultation investigations required:

Key Clinical Staff

Name Job Title
Dr Alex Accoroni Clinical Psychologist
Miss Julie Barker HIV Clinical Nurse Specialist
Dr Elizabeth Hamlyn Clinical lead for HIV medicine
Dr Killian Quinn Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV, Clinical Lead for Sexual Health
Dr Chris Taylor Consultant