HIV Outpatients @ The Lawson Unit

When is this service next available?

18th, October 2021 from 09:00 to 17:00

Opening times

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 14:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Get in touch

Tel: 01273 664722

HIV Outpatients
Lawson Unit
Royal Sussex County Hospital
Eastern Road

What other services are offered at HIV Outpatients?

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Brighton HIV Services

Please do NOT attend our clinics if you or someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19 / is awaiting a COVID-19 test result. 

Due to COVID-19, doctor and nurse specialist appointments are by telephone (unless we have asked you to come into clinic). Blood test appointments remain face-to-face. For information about HIV and COVID-19, please check the latest BHIVA Guidelines. For a routine sexual health check-up, please order a home test kit. For further advice, please call us on 01273 523 388

Phone line opening times:

Monday 7.30am to 5pm
Tuesday 7.30am to 5pm
Wednesday 9pm to 5pm
Thursday 7.30am to 5pm
Friday 7.30am to 5pm

*Phone lines are closed on Bank Holidays


LAWSON UNIT – COVID-19 advice for people living with HIV 

During the current pandemic we are still open but responding to a rapidly changing situation in the hospital. If you are unwell with COVID symptoms please follow the NHS advice.

The majority of our doctor’s appointments are being held by phone. Pharm@Sea can provide a delivery service for medications.
We are reviewing blood appointments week by week and may need to delay your appointment if it is safe to do so.

We will continue to supply antiretroviral therapy as normal. If you have concerns about your HIV-related health or mental health please do ring us for advice or a telephone assessment and we will arrange for one of our doctors to see you where this is indicated.


We advise all people living with HIV are vaccinated for COVID-19.
BHIVA have issued some advice about vaccination for people living with HIV which can be found here


Other advice from the British HIV Association is as follows:

  1. People with CD4 count of more than 200 and who have an undetectable viral load on antiretroviral therapy are considered at no greater risk than the general population; follow general advice.
  2. People with CD4 count of less than 200, or people who have a detectable viral load or who are not on antiretroviral therapy may be at higher risk of severe illness; be stringent in following general advice.
  3. People with a CD4 count of less than 50 or who have had an opportunistic infection in the previous 6 months; follow any government shielding advice for the extremely clinically vulnerable group.
  4. People with HIV who have multiple other health conditions may be advised by their GP or HIV doctor to follow local shielding advice as outlined in point 3 above.


For COVID-19 advice as to what do to if you have symptoms or updates please see latest government guidance here


Last updated: 29th Sept 2021