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.
Because of the increase in COVID19 cases nationally, from January 12th 2021, St. James’s Hospital has cancelled all scheduled non urgent outpatient clinics.
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 a supply of medication you may wish to defer your appointment. If you have any questions or concerns please call 01 4103539 and leave a message with your name, hospital number and phone number. A member of staff will return your call as soon as possible. Please note, this phone number is for patients who attend the HIV service only.
STI service – At this time we are only seeing emergency patients with a referral letter. Referral letters can be sent from your GP via Healthlink.
The PrEP service is fully booked for January 2021. Online bookings are not available at present. Patients with upcoming appointments will be contacted by the PrEP team for phone consultations. Please check back for further updates.
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 follow Public Health Advice on Covid-19 regarding restriction of movement if symptomatic and the 14 day isolation on returning from travel outside of Ireland. We hope that we can resume our normal services shortly.