Information and advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection
If you believe that you have acquired Coronavirus infection, or have developed symptoms of a new and persistent cough, a fever or high temperature, have suddenly lost your sense of smell or taste or have come into contact with someone who has had the same symptoms within the last 14 days, then please do NOT come to the Brownlee Clinic. Instead remain at home and seek advice using the resources listed below:
Freephone 0800 028 2816
For specific information on people living with HIV:
British HIV Association (BHIVA) FAQs
HIV Scotland COVID-19 webpage
HIV Scotland COVID-19 Helpline: 0131 558 3713 (open Mon - Fri, 10:00 - 18:00)
Summary of the guidelines for people with HIV is as follows:
- Those on HIV medication with an undetectable HIV viral load and a CD4 count of more than 200, please follow the advice for the general population with "Social Distancing"
- Those with a CD4 count of less than 200, a detectable HIV viral load or not on HIV medication, please follow stringent "Social Distancing" advice
- Those with a CD4 count of less than 50 or a history of an HIV-related illness within the last six months, please follow the "Shielding advice for the extremely vulnerable"
What is Social Distancing?
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) - these symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
- Avoid non-essential use of public transport - when possible, alter your travel times to avoid rush hour
- Work from home, where possible - your employer should support you to do this
- Avoid large gatherings and small gatherings in public spaces - pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently closed as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together
- Avoid gatherings with friends and family - keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
- Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
What is Shielding?
Shielding is a measure to protect extremely vulnerable people from coming into contact with coronavirus, by minimising all interaction between them and others by:
- Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID19) - these symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
- Don’t leave your house
- Don’t attend any gatherings - this includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces for example family homes, weddings and religious services
- Don’t go out for shopping, leisure or travel and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact
- Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
- Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services - if you require an ambulance, call 999 and tell the call handler you’re following shielding measures because of an underlying health condition
If you have an upcoming appointment at the Brownlee Clinic, we may contact you and, if appropriate, offer you the option of a telephone consultation, a video consultation using the secure NHS "Attend Anywhere" service or reschedule your appointment to a later date. Otherwise, please attend your clinic appointment as already planned.
The Brownlee HIV Patient Forum meetings planned for May 2020 and June 2020 have been postponed. See the "BROWNLEE PATIENT FORUM" news article for more information.