About our HIV service
The Alexander Pringle Centre (formerly known as the Coleridge unit) is one of the 10 largest specialist services for patients with HIV in the UK, caring for almost 1400 patients.
Conditions we treat
We provide outpatient and inpatient care, including antiretroviral therapy, specialist advice and multi-disciplinary care. Specialist arrangements are in place for patients with HIV and tuberculosis, malignancies, renal failure and pregnant women.
Our outpatient department is staffed with two clinical nurse specialists, two clinic nurses, a dedicated phlebotomist and a team of support staff.
We provide specialist HIV nursing and midwifery care.
We work closely with partners in social care and the voluntary sector.
Patients can access clinical research trials.
Our HIV pharmacy team provides treatment clinics for patients who are starting antiretrovirals and those requiring more support.
Routine HIV testing
HIV is a manageable long-term medical condition with near-normal life expectancy in the UK.
It is important to diagnose HIV as early as possible for the best treatment outcomes.
In line with national guidelines, North Middlesex University Hospital completes an HIV test for all patients attending the Accident and Emergency department who require a blood test and who are over 18 years old.
It can take many years for symptoms of HIV infection to occur and many people do not realise that they have been at risk of HIV.
Routine testing for HIV allows us to provide the best care to our patients.
Results of your test are confidential and will not be sent to your GP.
What if I do not want to know my HIV status?
It is always better to know your HIV status to check if you need life-saving treatment.
If you decide you do not want a test, please let the member of staff taking your bloods know.
Where else can I get an HIV test?
If you would like to be tested for HIV at a later date, please visit www.shl.uk for a home testing kit or speak to your GP for further information.
Will I get my result if the test is negative?
No, we will not contact you, if your test is negative.
What happens if my test is positive?
If your test is positive or needs re-checking, our specialist team will contact you within two weeks. You will be invited to come back to hospital for further testing.
Our dedicated HIV team will be here to support you every step of the way.
What if my contact details change?
It is important that we have up-to-date contact details for you. Please confirm this with a member of staff.
If your contact details change within 2 weeks of having a test, please call 0208 887 2544 so that we can update your details.
How to prepare for your visit
We are a friendly, inclusive service providing holistic care for our patients.
During the COVID-19 (coronavirus) epidemic and its’ aftermath, your appointment may be virtual, i.e. by telephone or by video.
If you would find a virtual appointment difficult, please contact us.
Refer a patient
We can usually arrange a same or next day appointment, Monday to Friday. Non-urgent patients can be seen within one week.
GPs and health partners can refer a patient by calling 020 8887 3587 or 0208 887 3701.
Patients can also self-refer by contacting reception on the number on the right hand side.
Meet our team
- Dr Wai Ching Loke – consultant in GUM & HIV medicine and clinical director
- Dr Chris Wood – consultant in HIV medicine and clinical lead
- Dr Rebecca Marcus - consultant in HIV/GUM
- Dr Achim Schwenk – consultant in HIV medicine
- Dr Rebecca O'Connell - locum HIV consultant
- Dr Rachel Herbert - consultant in infectious diseases and microbiology
- Dr Justin Daniels – paediatric consultant HIV
- Jah Amadu – clinical nurse specialist in HIV and unit manager
- Noeleen Behan, matron
- Stephanie Gambrah, nurse
- Francesca Asamoah. nurse
- Virma Yray – nurse
- Kay Francis – infectious diseases screening midwife
- Yolette Lees – specialist community children’s nurse (HIV)
- Valentine Lukaj, phlebotomist
- Joyce Mahungu – lead HIV pharmacist
- Drilona Dobla - pharmacist
- Su Yin Yap – clinical psychologist
- Angela Kappa - business administration manager
- Neil Suttie, service manager
How did we do?
Please contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) to tell us about your experience of our services.
You can do this by calling 0208 887 3172 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your views will help us to improve our services so get in touch now!