HIV Specialist Service
East Block, Level 4, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, DD2 1UB
For appointments call East Block: 01382 496561
The HIV Specialist Service is made up of medical staff, nursing staff, pharmacists, a clinical psychologist and other specialties such as dietetics The team provide both in-patient and out-patient care for all aspects of HIV management The service is based at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee but clinics are held at locations throughout Tayside and the Specialist Nurses provide a community service if required.
Who can I expect to see at my clinic visits?
You will be seen by one of the specialist medical team. A consultant has overall responsibility for your care but you may see a consultant, an associate specialist, a specialist registrar or specialist nurse at clinic.
If you are on treatment for your HIV, you may also see the pharmacist. For more information on starting treatment, see our booklet
The HIV team also has a clinical psychologist who you can ask to see for support.
What kinds of problems can Clinical Psychologists help with?
· Adjusting to the diagnosis
· Anxiety and panic
· Low mood and depression
· Telling others you have HIV
· Grief and loss
· Taking your tablets
· Changing unhelpful patterns of behaviour
· Relationship difficulties connected with HIV
· Developing coping skills so that you can live well with HIV
They can also offer support to partners and family members.
For more information on clinical psychology, read our leaflet
When should I see my GP ( local doctor)?
Your GP should continue to be the central point for all your healthcare needs as they are experienced in treating a broad range of medical conditions. The HIV team are not experienced in all aspects of medicine as your GP is. If your GP thinks that a problem is related to your HIV, they will ask our team to see you.
What other support is available?
MOT 1:1 Support provided by Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland
THT Scotland work in partnership with NHS Tayside to deliver the MOT service. THT Scotland works locally to provide face to face support, email support or phone support; covering a wide range of topics. If you feel you would benefit from a bit of extra support and advice about something which is troubling you, or something that has happened to you then THT Scotland are here for you.
THT can be contacted in these ways:
Glasgow Office: 0141 332 3838 (ask for health promotion team)
No question or query is a silly one! Whether it’s about testing, living with HIV or about sex, THT are here for you.
If you use apps or sites such as Grindr or GROWLr; THT Scotland also provide digital support through these apps in Tayside. Please look for the ‘MOT’ profile and start chatting!
N.B. these profiles are not staffed 24/7 so please be patient in waiting for a reply.
If you’re living with HIV, have you heard about myHIV, provided by Terrence Higgins Trust, yet? It’s a lifeline for some people! Check it out and set up your account here.