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Brownlee patients take the time to say thanks

A group of patients being treated at the Brownlee Clinic has 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 entre of excellence.

“The care we receive is way beyond the call of duty. We are treated with respect and compassion. We would suggest that this care is second to none.”

There have been major advancements in the treatment of people diagnosed with HIV over the past 20 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 co-ordinator/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.”