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Folowing on from the interest shown at our last steering group meeting, we are keen for everyone who is being cared for and receiving medication from the Courtyard Clinic to have a say and/or hear the news of the changes to drugs and their costs and if and how it will affect patients. Come along and hear what's got to be said.
On Wednesday 15th June 2016 at 7pm, the Courtyard Clinic held another successful fun packed evening. Competitions, prizes, raffle, fresh smoothie and detox drinks stall, cake competition, fresh finger-buffet style food and soft drinks and a first for the clinic, live cabaret in the form of The Colliers Wood International Ukulele Orchestra who were so fabulous. Fabulous enough in fact that Wayne has put together just some of the brilliant songs they performed. Watch the video below and look out for some amazing (though crazy) dancefloor shapes from Helen, Mark and Barnard. Outstanding!
As a side line to the webinars, we thought it would be fun to join the trend of interviewing whilst out and about in the car. So, to start us off, here's Wayne interviewing Nick, the clinic's complimentary massage therpist.
If you would like to have a massage, free of charge, then please call the Courtyard Clinic reception on 020 8725 3140 to book or make further enquiries.
The impact of HIV has changed therefore the response to meeting the support needs of people living with HIV (PHLIV) is changing too. While there is still no cure for HIV, there are treatments to enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life. The number of HIV related deaths in the UK is now very low and the number of people living with HIV has therefore grown significantly.
There is increasing pressure on public services due to rising need and increased financial pressures within the NHS and local Councils. This means continuing to provide HIV specialist support services is not sustainable and they may no longer be able to provide all the current HIV services. They may only be able to provide services for those PLHIV where alternative services do not exist.
HIV care and support services in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham (LSL) are currently provided by a number of HIV specific organisations:
· The Metro
· Positive Patenting and Children (PPC)
· Terrence Higgins Trust (THT)
The views of service users are vital to helping shape the future services. As a service user of one or more of these organisations, the commissioners would very much welcome your feedback.
They are holding service user engagement drop in events on the following dates
· 14th May 2016 12-5pm Positive Parenting and Children, Unit 64, Eurolink Business Centre, Effra Road, Brixton London SW2 1BZ
· 18th May 2016 2-8pm African Advocacy Foundation, 76 Elmer Rd, Catford London SE6 2ER
You will be able to speak directly about the proposals and complete a service user survey.
If you are unable to make these events you will be able to access the survey online.
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GMG are a group of gay, HIV positive men living in or around London. They have members of all ages and include those who have been recently diagnosed with the virus, those who have been living with the virus for more than 20 years and everything in between. Our members live mostly in London but have come to the city from all over the UK and the world and we have been pleased to welcome visiting HIV+ gay guests from Sweden and the US in the last year.
They meet weekly in a group setting to discuss life, love, sex, health - anything to do with living with the virus and living as gay men. The group is a support group where members provide friendship and advice to one another in a good-humoured, non-judgmental environment and where everyone, newcomer or regular member, is free to raise any topic that the group members facilitate the group.
They also host several guest speakers who will give talks on a variety of topics ranging from Mental Health, Healthy Eating, Erectile Dysfunctionto Positively Ageing, Sex Addiction and the Newest Medications and Treatment Updates. In addition to the regular weekly meetings, they organise weekends away, picnics during Bank Holidays and a Chirstmas Party. All meetings are strictly confidential - as is membership of the group - so you can feel free to relax and express yourself with other Gay HIV+ men. You can see more information about confidentiality and how they try to ensure that the meetings are welcoming to all by reading our Ground Rules. They are not a Therapy Group but are there for Advice, Friendship & Support.
They meet on Mondays at 56 Dean Street, lower Ground Board Room from 5.30pm - 8pm. There are no formal refreshments, but regular group members always bring food to share (so there should be some fruit, biscuits and coffee). After 8pm, some members of the group go to the pub where they can socialise in a friendly environment.
If you would like to join or know of someone who could benefit from joining the group, then contact: email@example.com.
Diaries out ladies and gentlemen! All of the dates for the Patient's Steering Group meetings and the social get-together's are now listed on the meetings page. You can always get to it from the menu at the top of the website 'Meetings' or for now, you can click the image on the left or simply... here.
On the 20th October 2015, Dr Mark Pakianathan was first off the mark of a set of seminars produced by the staff of The Courtyard Clinic. Mark's talk was called HIV and Your Body. Next up and on 4 November 2015 Clinical Nurse Specialist Helen Webb gave us some useful information regarding Your Routine Blood Tests. The third seminar was a talk on HIV Transmission and was given by Dr Hegazi, Consultant in HIV and Sexual Health. This took place on 18 November 2015. Next up was Dr. Philip Hay, Reader and Honorary Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV. His talk which took place on 2 December 2015 was about Research and Clinical Studies in HIV. On 9 December 2015 Dr Mark was back with Antirectroviral Medicines and on 6 January 2016, Pharmacy Team Leader David Ogden gave a talk on coping with side effects and understanding interactions with other medicines. On 13 January 2016, Dr Rachel Hill-Tout enlightened us on some of the facts of Getting Older, Living Longer with HIV. And finally for now, on 27 january 2016, Ron Lamont and Amoy Chung presented our eighth seminar... Sexual Pleasures.
These seminars are provided completely free of charge for patients of the clinic by staff who are committed to helping and supporting you throughout life with health and wellbeing. From advice on medication and health to finances and benefits; the staff at The Courtyard Clinic show their support by using their resources and contacts. As healthcare professionals, they provide knowledge, support and advice to equip you with everything you need to make life more manageable.
If these supporting activites are not fully taken advantage of, then the trust may (and be justified to) utilise time and money elsewhere and these services will be lost.
Fun was had last night at The Courtyard Clinic with staff and patients joining together for music, food, fun, laughter and chat! Theme of the night, for the first time at the Courtyard was karaoke. Thank you to our hosts who were Lesley & Bill from White Lightning Karaoke. The food was supplied by outside caterers and the 'letting their hair down' atmosphere was provided by Tracey from Pharmacy. Lol... actually all staff were great fun. Congratulations to Yvonne for winning the Big Seasonal Hamper in the raffle and to Wayne (that's me) for winning the karaoke competition with his rendition of The Christmas Song. The hardest part of the evening was getting up off from the floor after performing 'the row boat song' with about 10 others.
Helen, Nick, Bernard, Charlotte and other members of the Courtyard Clinic Team enjoyed a night out at the Wandsworth Oasis Red Ribbon Cabaret, held on World Aids Day at the Clapham Grand. The guest of honour was the Mayor of Wandsworth, Nicola Nardelli (pictured with Helen and Nick).
The show was hosted by the fabulous Myra Dubois (Rotherham’s least celebrated daughter!) and acts including soul diva Angie Brown, Elvis, ballet dancers, comedians and of course Pop Choir (of which Helen is a member and you can spot her in the second row!)
Wandsworth Oasis is a fantastic charity, with shops across Wandsworth. They are great supporters of the Courtyard Clinic and have funded our massage service for many years. It was great to be part of such an entertaining evening and for us to support them in their fundraising efforts. This is a yearly event, and details of Red Ribbon Cabaret 2016 will be posted on the CYC website as soon as we get them. Hopefully see you there in 2016!
HAVE YOU SEEN OUR CALENDAR YET?
For a little while now, we've been using a Google calendar, tailor-made to for our own Courtyard clinic appointments. It's a useful source to remind yourself what's on at the clinic and any other local event elsewhere (if we've been told about it)!
Well, we've now added 13 new dates for your diary so use the calendar symbol on this site to see what's happening. If you click on the event itself you'll see more information about it and some users may have other options (for example to copy it to their own diary). The new dates are seminar events all taking place at the clinic and they are all for one hour, starting at 6pm. There is no need to book a place... just turn up.
Our fun staff profiles section started back in October 2009 with Health Advisor Bernard Kelly. The following month Clinic Leader and Consultant Physician Mark Pakianathan joined the fun and then Helen Webb, Clinical Nurse Specialist. and Dr. Phil Hay is one of our latest entrants.