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.
MONKEYPOX: If you are concerned that you have symptoms of Monkeypox or have been a close contact of somebody with Monkeypox please phone the clinic in advance of your appointment. Please DO NOT walk in. This will enable us to arrange appropriate care for you. Please phone (01) 416 2315, Option 1.
Vaccinations against Monkeypox are currently not yet available at the GUIDe Clinic. This website will be updated as information is made available to us.
In line with public health guidance, please DO NOT attend the GUIDe clinic if you have symptoms of COVID19 or are a COVID19 contact.
Online STI bookings: www.swiftqueue.com please book into the appropriate clinic. Appointments are released regularly so please check back for availability. There is no walk-in STI service.