New Blood Borne Viruses Clinic Opens its doors in Ancoats

BBV clinic
New Blood Borne Viruses Clinic Opens its doors in Ancoats
06 March 2015

A new adult clinic for patients with blood borne viruses (BBV) such as Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and HIV has opened in Ancoats provided by a team at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

The clinic is based in Ancoats Primary Care Centre and is open from 3pm – 6pm on alternative Mondays for all adults aged 16 years and over. The clinic opened in October 2014 in Old Mill Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6EE. It is staffed by one consultant and a team of specialist nurses who work on rotation.

This is a new clinic, which has been opened to provide services in a community setting and to facilitate easier access to blood borne virus clinics

The BBV clinic has been well received by patients so far and those who have accessed the clinic have found it innovative and have commented that it is beneficial to be able to utilise later slots when working.

The clinic is almost on the doorstep for those living in close proximity to the city centre and it is particularly accessible for those who have difficulty attending hospitals. The new clinic offers easy access to the same specialist treatment and care as you would get in a hospital setting.

The new BBV clinic sits alongside and compliments the Trust’s existing clinics. The Infectious Diseases Department currently has service provision in clinics at North Manchester General Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary, as well as an out-reach clinics at Bolton BIDAS, and in-reach clinics in four prisons across Greater Manchester.

Dr F Javier Vilar, consultant in Infectious Diseases at The Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trust (pictured), said: “This initiative is all about trying to get our services closer to our patients’ homes to facilitate their access to our services. It is a new service open to all patients and the clinic is additional to the clinic already provided in the building at the Urban Village Health Centre for patients from that practice. The thought behind opening this clinic is to improve access to care, both making the blood borne virus clinic more local, but also increasing opening hours, as the new clinic now runs until 6pm in the evenings. Thanks to careful planning all of this is provided at no additional cost to Trust.”

Pictured: Dr F Javier Vilar, consultant in Infectious Diseases at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust