A group of patients being treated at the Brownlee Clinic in Glasgow have made a heartfelt presentation to staff, in recognition of the ongoing care and treatment they have received.
The patients – all of whom have been treated for the effects of HIV over many years – presented a plaque to the Brownlee team including receptionists, secretaries, pharmacists, nurses and consultants who they say have treated them with respect and compassion.
The group, represented by John, Tilly, and Patrick, said: “The Clinic is not like any other clinic we've ever been to, and believe us, we've, collectively, been to a few. From Reception through to Consultants and Pharmacy, and everyone in-between, the way we are treated is immense, we are very fortunate to receive our care at this centre of excellence.
“The care we receive is way beyond the call of duty. We are treated with respect and compassion. I would suggest that this care is second to none. The ethos of the Brownlee is due to the staff, past and present, and in a large part due to the long term patients, some of whom are sadly no longer with us, collectively they are all responsible.
“The names at the end of this are not our real names, we were not confident in using our real names as there is still a lot of stigma in society. We never experience stigma at the Brownlee.”
There have been major advancements in the treatment of people diagnosed with HIV over the past twenty years. Those diagnosed with the virus in the 1990s had an expectation of an early death from AIDS. Today HIV is considered a “chronic manageable condition” meaning that people with HIV now have a normal life expectancy through taking treatment that can consist of a single daily tablet. Successful HIV treatment also means that those with the virus are much less likely to transmit it to others.
Dr. Roger Wong, Clinical Coordinator/Psychiatrist said: “We were surprised and humbled to be recognised for the work we do. The show of appreciation from the patients was both surprising and welcome. We do have a good rapport with our patients and this reassures us that what we do is valued. We will continue to put the needs of our patients foremost in the ongoing care and treatment that we provide.”
Pic caption – From left: Dr Alisdair MacConnachie and Senior charge nurse Gillian Mulholland accept the plaque from Rachel on behalf of patients.
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