New Persons Clinic
We recognise that getting a new HIV diagnosis is difficult and therefore we have a dedicated "new persons clinic". At this clinic a team of people provide you with all the information and support that you need at this difficult time. At your first visit you will meet a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in HIV, a Medical Social Worker, a Health Advisor and if necessary a doctor. Being told that you have HIV does not mean that you are suddenly going become ill and you won't necessarily have to start medication straight away. It is important to remember that being diagnosed with HIV doesn't automatically mean that you can't work, have sex, have children or get a mortgage.
You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you wish and if you cannot take everything in, don't worry - you can ask them again another time when you are better able to listen and understand what is happening to you. Sometimes it helps to have your questions written down in advance.
At your first visit you will have a number of baseline blood tests and a Chest X-ray.
We are really lucky to have our own phlebotomy service at the clinic so you don't need to leave the clinic to have your bloods taken. The CNS will ask you lots of questions which together with the baseline investigations will help us to work out the best care plan for you.
After your first visit you will be given an appointment to come back to discuss your baseline results and work out the appropriate care plan for you.
We are introducing online bookings for the Guide Clinic. For the initial Phase of the project, we are only catering for Non-Symptom STI Screening Tests and PrEP clinic appointments. We will look to bring other Appointment Types online soon, but for now only those patients with no symptoms can book online. For all other patients please see the Coming to See Us area of the website.
Our normal services remain curtailed because of the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. We are keeping this under continuous review and working towards resumption of normal services when it is safe to do so.
HIV service – The HIV service will continue but with some restrictions. If you have an appointment please attend at the allocated appointment time. If you have any questions or concerns please call 01 4162315 and leave a message with your name, hospital number and phone number. For appointment cancellations only, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, hospital number and contact number and a member of staff will contact you soon as possible with an alternative appointment date. Please note, this phone number is for patients who attend the HIV service only.
STI service – From 22/3/21 we have Emergency and Symptomatic appointment slots available via www.swiftqueue.com. We are also providing booked appointments to patients that are referred by GP's via Healthlink/letter/fax, these patients will be triaged and appointments sent out to patients. We hope to open Routine Appointment slots in the coming weeks.
The PrEP service - PrEP patients with upcoming return appointments will be contacted by the PrEP team for phone consultations.
Our PrEP service is reaching capacity, new PrEP appointments will be released, when available, every Wednesday and Thursday 1 week in advance of clinics.
Please find details of other services offering PrEP appointments on the sexual wellbeing website- www.sexualwellbeing.ie/PrEP “
Free rapid HIV tests, information and support is available to gay and bisexual men from the MPOWER Programme - mpower.hivireland.ie. This service will continue under current restrictions.
Please consult the HSE website for up to date guidance on restricting movement following foreign travel, infection with COVID19 or if you have been identified as a close contact of COVID19, https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/. For the safety of patients and staff it is important to adhere to these guidelines. Please do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID19.