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HIV

What we do

We offer a range of treatment and services to people who are living with HIV.

Sexual health records

The way we store sexual health information is changing, find out more information.

New patient appointments

We 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 [email protected]. In the email please include your name, contact details, date of birth, and the date that you took the test. Your GP or other healthcare provider can also refer you.

Medication

Call the Caldecot pharmacy on 020 3299 3851 or email [email protected] 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.

Blood test appointments

We are currently running blood test appointments as usual. In the event of further COVID restrictions, we may 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.

COVID-19 vaccination

All people living with HIV are eligible for a priority COVID-19 vaccine within Tier 6 (people with underlying medical conditions). We recommend the vaccine for all of our patients. All available COVID vaccines are safe for people living with HIV and do not interact with medications.

People living with HIV are being invited to get the vaccine through their GP or Primary Care networks. Patients who have not yet been vaccinated can self-book online on the NHS website.

Mpox vaccination

There are currently limited supplies of the vaccine available nationally. To make the best use of current supplies and to help stop the spread of the virus, the NHS is prioritising vaccination for people at higher risk of very close or frequent contact with someone with monkeypox. To see if you are eligible go to: Mpox: waiting for your vaccination.

As vaccine supplies become available, we are sending text messages to eligible people, who have previously attended our services at Camberwell Sexual Health Centre, the Caldecot Centre or Beckenham Beacon Sexual Health Centre, inviting them to book their vaccine appointment. Please do not attend for vaccination unless you have an appointment. Due to low vaccine supplies, we are regrettably unable to provide a vaccine unless you have an appointment.

Emergency clinic

We no longer run a walk-in service, and emergency appointments will be triaged by phone. If you are registered with us for your HIV care, call 020 3299 5000 to book an emergency triage appointment in the telephone callback clinic and speak to a doctor for advice. You will be booked into a face-to-face slot as necessary. For very serious or life threatening emergencies, call 999 or go to the emergency department (A and E).

Appointments with a doctor

If you have an appointment with a doctor, it will be carried out 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 receive a text reminder stating whether your appointment is by phone or face-to-face.

Dietitian appointments

Our dietitian currently provides a choice of face-to-face or telephone appointments. In the event of further COVID restrictions, appointments will move to telephone only.

Vaccinations for Hepatitis B (HBV) and human papilloma virus (HPV)

We are currently providing vaccinations for Hepatitis B and HPV as usual. In the event of further COVID restrictions some routine vaccination appointments may be postponed. If you are unsure, call 020 3299 5000 for advice.

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, see the Camberwell Sexual Health Centre page.

Other services we offer

We provide:

  • regular follow-up appointments with doctors and nurses
  • antiretroviral treatment
  • sexual health screening, smear tests and contraceptive advice for people living with HIV
  • counselling and health advice
  • an antenatal clinic with a specialist midwife for HIV-positive women who are pregnant
  • a family clinic for children and adolescents with HIV and their parents
  • a young persons HIV clinic
  • 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 or phone for routine blood tests

Appointment-only clinic times

  • Monday: 9am to 5pm
  • Tuesday: 9am to 7.30pm
  • Wednesday: 12.45pm to 7.30pm
  • Thursday: 8am to 5pm
  • Friday: 8am to 5pm

The emergency clinic has booked appointments running from 10.30am to 11.30am (2.30pm to 3.30pm on Wednesdays). These are no longer walk-in but booked via telephone triage. If you call regarding booking an emergency appointment a doctor will call you back between 9.30am and 10.30am (1.30pm to 2.30pm on Wednesdays).

Caldecot Pharmacy opening times

  • Monday: 9am to 5.30pm (closed 1pm to 2pm)
  • Tuesday: 9am to 5.30pm (closed 1pm to 2pm)
  • Wednesday: 1pm to 5.30pm
  • Thursday: 8am to 5.30pm (closed 1pm to 2pm)
  • Friday: 9am to 4.30pm (closed 1pm to 2pm)

We are closed on bank (public) 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.

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.

Locations

Caldecot Centre

Our main location is on the King’s College Hospital campus:

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

Other locations

We also hold follow-up clinics and blood appointments at health centres in Lambeth and Southwark. If you would like have your appointments at one of these sites, please phone our main reception, or discuss this with your doctor or nurse at your next appointment:

Tessa Jowell Health Centre, East Dulwich

Weekly doctor-led clinic every Thursday morning

Hurley and Riverside Practice, Vauxhall

  • Monthly nurse-led clinic on Thursday mornings
  • 3-monthly doctor-led clinic on Wednesday afternoons

Paxton Green Health Centre, Gipsy Hill

  • Monthly nurse-led clinic on Tuesday mornings
  • 3-monthly doctor-led clinic on Wednesday afternoons

Clapham Family Practice, Clapham High Street

  • Monthly nurse-led clinic on Thursday mornings
  • 3-monthly doctor-led clinic on Wednesday afternoons

Contact Details

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 trained professionals.

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

We have a dedicated ward team for the care of patients with HIV who need to be admitted to hospital.

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 [email protected]

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

To discuss referrals, contact:

  • Dr Kate Childs, HIV Clinical lead, tel: 020 3299 2921
  • Julie Baker, HIV Clinical Nurse Specialist, tel: 020 3299 3707 / 07890 251264
  • For South East London GPs, a consultant is available for advice during working hours via the Consultant Connect

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

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HIV GP referral form60 KB

Key Clinical Staff

Name Role
Miss Julie Barker HIV Clinical Nurse Specialist
Dr Kate Childs Clinical lead for HIV medicine
Dr Naomi Fitzgerald Consultant
Dr Elizabeth Hamlyn Consultant Physician in HIV and General Internal Medicine
Dr Mary Poulton Consultant Sexual Health and HIV
Dr Killian Quinn Clinical Lead for Sexual Health