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Alexander Pringle Centre: important COVID-19 information

 

If you have been in contact with someone who has Coronavirus (COVID-19) or you have a new, continuous cough and/or temperature, DO NOT attend the clinic, self-isolate and visit the NHS website for further advice.

 

Please do not attend the clinic, but call the number below, and we will assess you over the telephone and advise whether you need to come in. This is to minimise non-essential travel for patients.

 

If you need information in another language, see COVID-19 information translated into other languages.

 

If you are unwell, please do not attend the clinic, but call the number below, and we will assess you over the telephone and advise whether you need to come in.

  1. If you have an urgent medical enquiry related to your HIV care call 0208 887 3236 or email northmid.apcpatients@nhs.net. Leave a message with your up to date contact details if there is no answer. We aim to contact you the next working day if possible. 
  2. Contact details: It is important that we have your up to date contact details. Please email us at northmid.apcpatients@nhs.net with your correct email address and phone number
  3. Medication: We advise you have at least 30 days of medication. Contact us if you have less than this. If you have questions regarding home delivery from Alcura, please call 01604 433574
  4. Currently there is no evidence to say if people with HIV are at higher risk of COVID-19, or of severe disease. Make sure you are up to date with routinely recommended vaccines by checking with your GP (allowing that they will be very busy) – please note we do not offer these vaccines in our services:
  • Flu vaccine (every year)
  • Pneumococcal vaccine

o    PCV-13 for everyone with HIV (once only)

o    PPV-23 if you have another condition requiring this e.g. age over 65, diabetes, kidney disease, lung disease (also once only) 

5.     If you want to find out more information about HIV, visit the BHIVA or NAM website 

What to do if you need medical help

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the online 111 coronavirus service

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Updates about our service will be posted on our twitter page @NM_APC_HIV and on this webpage

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The Alexander Pringle Centre (formerly known as the Coleridge unit) is one of the 10 largest specialist services for patients with HIV infection in the UK. It cares for approximately 1,200 patients.


What we offer

We provide outpatient and inpatient care, including antiretroviral treatment, specialist advice and multi-disciplinary care. Specialist care arrangements are in place for patients with HIV and tuberculosis, malignancies, renal failure and pregnant women with HIV.

Our outpatient department is staffed with a clinical nurse specialist, two clinic nurses, a dedicated phlebotomist and a team of support staff.

 

We provide specialist HIV nursing and midwifery care for our patients. We work closely with partners in social care and the voluntary sector to provide holistic support to meet patients’ needs. Patients can access clinical research trials. Our HIV pharmacy team provides treatment clinics for patients who are starting antiretrovirals and those requiring more support.

 

We also offer a range of integrated community sexual health services in a number of locations in Enfield.

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Key staff
Dr Chris Wood – consultant in HIV medicine and clinical lead
Dr Wai Ching Loke – consultant in GUM & HIV medicine and clinical director
Dr Justin Daniels – consultant paediatric HIV

Dr Achim Schwenk –  consultant in HIV medicine
Dr Rebecca Marcus - consultant in HIV/GUM 
Dr Rebecca O'Connell - locum HIV Consultant 

Jah Amadu – clinical nurse specialist in HIV. Unit manager
Sascha Auweiler - clinical nurse specialist in HIV
Kay Francis – infectious diseases screening midwife (HIV)
Yolette Lees – specialist community children’s nurse (HIV)
Joyce Mahungu – lead HIV pharmacist
Su Yin Yap – clinical psychologist
Angela Kappa - business administration manager 

Location
Alexander Pringle Centre, trust headquarters building, ground floor 

How to refer
We can usually arrange a same day appointment, Monday to Friday.
Non-urgent patients can be seen within one week.
Patients can also self-refer by contacting reception on the number below. 

Contact us
Northmid.HIV@nhs.net
General enquiries: 020 8887 3236
Patient self-referrals: 020 8887 3587 or 0208 887 3701

To cancel or change an appointment 
email Northmid.HIV@nhs.net 
or alternatively ring our reception  020 8887 3236 (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm)

Page last updated: February 2020