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.

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

Routine testing for HIV, Hepatitis B and C

If you have a blood test while in our Emergency Department (A&E) it is now checked for HIV and Hepatitis B and C. The tests are routine, the same as your usual blood test.

Many people with these conditions do not know they have them because symptoms can take years to show.

It is important to diagnose HIV or Hepatitis B or C early as teatment is life-saving and free from the NHS. With medication you can expect to live long and well and it helps stop passing it on too. 

Your results are strictly confidential meaning they are private and only healthcare professionals who help you know.

If you do not want to be tested please let a member of staff know. 

Why is my blood being tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and C?

HIV, Hepatitis B and C are manageable long-term conditions and it’s best to diagnose them as early as possible before they begin to harm your health. Without treatment, the effects can become life-threatening. All patients over 16 years old are checked as part of routine blood testing for our Emergency Department. This is in line with NICE national guidance. With the right treatment you can expect to live long and well.

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.

Will I get a result if the test is negative?

No, we will only contact you if it is positive. Sometimes the result can be unclear, in this situation we would contact you to ask to re-test you.

What happens if my test is positive?

Your results are confidential and we will only share your result with our NHS specialists so that you receive the right care.

We will contact you to ask you to return for a repeat test in order to confirm the diagnosis and discuss your treatment. Therapies are extremely safe and effective and allow your body to repair the damage to your immune system. People on effective medication live well.

What if I do not want to know whether I have these conditions?

We are encouraging everyone who does not already know whether they have these conditions to have the test. Knowing and getting treatment can save your life. If you don’t want this, please tell the person who is taking your blood so they can ensure that you are not tested.

What if I have further questions or I am worried?

For HIV concerns, you can call the HIV team at the Alexander Pringle Centre on 0208 887 3236. If you've got any concerns related to Hepaittis B or C, or both, then call our hepatology team on 0208 887 3047.

What if I’m an overseas patient?

Treatment is free to everyone. We will not share your personal information with any external agencies or other government organisations.

If I test positive, who will be able to see my positive result?

Only NHS staff that already have access to your confidential health record will see your result. This will include your GP and other hospital Trusts involved in your care.

What if my contact details change?

It is important that we have the correct contact details (telephone number at least) so that we can speak to you about your test. Please make sure that we have the correct contact details for you and let us know if they change in the week after your test.

You can make sure that your contact details are correct by checking with our reception staff or the doctor or nurses looking after you. Please call 0208 887 2544 if they do change so that we can update your details.

Where can I find further information about these conditions?

There are various sources of information regarding HIV. These can be found at Do it London, the NHS website or the Terrance Higgins Trust.

You can also visit the NHS website for information about Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

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 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 Emily Cheserem  – consultant in HIV medicine and clinical lead
  • Dr Rebecca Marcus - consultant in HIV/GUM
  • Dr Hannah Alexander –  consultant in HIV medicine
  • Dr Pedro Simoes – locum HIV consultant
  • Professor Anna Maria Geretti – Professor of Virology and Infectious Diseases
  • Dr Justin Daniels – paediatric consultant HIV
  • Jah Amadu – clinical nurse specialist in HIV and unit manager
  • Dawn Marinopoulos – clinical nurse specialist in HIV
  • Stephanie Gambrah - nurse
  • Alycia Harvey - nurse
  • Kay Francis – infectious diseases screening midwife
  • Yolette Lees – specialist community children’s nurse (HIV)
  • Joyce Mahungu – lead HIV pharmacist
  • Busra Cinciler – HIV pharmacist
  • Vivian Richards – Administration Team Leader
  • Montel Humphrey – Service Manager
  • Shambhu Sajith - Deputy Service Manager for HIV & Sexual Health

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 northmid.pals@nhs.net.

Your views will help us to improve our services so get in touch now!