HIV - Community HIV Specialist Service

About the service

Our service is for adults living with HIV. We offer specialist HIV and MH nursing including home visits and health checks, as well as information, access and referrals to support workers. We also work with other professionals such as specialist HIV pharmacy, psychology, psychiatry, and dietician services, and with other agencies including voluntary bodies.

We have three units covering the West Sussex and Brighton & Hove areas:

  • Brighton and Hove Team (based at The School Clinic, Brighton)
  • North Team (based at Crawley Hospital)
  • South Team (based at Zachary Merton Hospital, Rustington)

We also run a Service User Group for those using our service - ask your nurse for details.

Terence Higgins Trust are running another 6 week Positive Self-Management Programme (PSMP) starting date Tuesday 19 March between 1.30 and 3.30pm at the East Worthing Community Centre.

The Course lasts for 6 weeks and is for anyone living with HIV. The aim is to provide support mechanisms, a chance to meet others and develop self-confidence to help people feel more in control.

Some of the course topics included:

  • Decisions: Taking HIV medication
  • Working with your Healthcare Team
  • Relaxation techniques and exercise
  • Healthy eating
  • Managing Fatigue/Tiredness
  • Sex, Intimacy and disclosure
  • Planning for the future

For further information please contact Sue Sargent, Senior Practitioner, Terry Higgins Trust on 01273 764200 or 07917 815875. Some help will be available to cover transport costs to the venue.

Download: Community HIV Specialist Service patient leaflet

Coverage

Brighton, Hove, West Sussex

How To Access

Generally patients are referred via GPs, specialist HIV clinics, or by other medical or social care professionals who can now fax their referrals directly to our teams by using secure fax number 01903 858061 or they can send to sc-tr.chivssreferrals@nhs.net

We also accept self-referrals from patients, who can call us directly using the contact details shown below for any advice, except where a mental health issue is involved.

Contact Details

Brighton & Hove Team,
Community HIV Specialist Service,
The School Clinic,
Morley Street,
Brighton BN2 9DH
Tel: 01273 265962

North Team,
Community HIV Specialist Service,
Fifth Floor,
Crawley Hospital,
Crawley RH11 7DH
Tel: 01293 600300 ext.4054

South Team,
Community HIV Specialist Service,
First Floor,
Zachary Merton Hospital,
Glenville Road,
Rustington,
Littlehampton BN16 2EB
Tel: 01903 858044

Service Fax: 01903 858061

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (except bank holidays)

How to find us

All three bases are easily accessible by public transport. Limited hospital parking is available at Crawley Hospital and Zachary Merton only. Please contact the addresses above for detailed directions.

More information

More information on HIV, including how to get tested for HIV, can be found at:
Brighton Sexual Health
West Sussex Sexual Health

Other information on HIV can be found at:
Aidsmap
Terrence Higgins Trust

Sussex Community NHS Trust - Community HIV Specialist Service patient leaflet

HIV and AIDS Support