What to expect
The clinic is staffed by an Infectious Diseases Consultant, 2-3 specialist registrars in Infectious Diseases, a clinical nurse specialist and a number of staff nurses.
When you attend the clinic you will register at reception. A nurse will then check you into the clinic and you will join a queue to be reviewed by a doctor.
You will subsequently be seen by a doctor in the clinic, this will either be a Consultant in Infectious Diseases or a specialist registrar. Your doctor will take your history with you, examine you, and discuss with you the potential diagnoses and treatments.
Blood tests are done within the clinic. Further investigations such as X-rays and scans are usually organised as necessary within St. James' Hospital.
If you require a follow-up appointment this will be made before you leave the clinic. If it is ok with you a letter will be sent to your referring doctor with an update on your condition
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.