HIV Outpatients @ The Lawson Unit


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Tel: 01273 664722

HIV Outpatients @ The Lawson Unit
Lawson Unit
Royal Sussex County Hospital
Eastern Road


The Lawson Unit is the name of our world renowned specialist centre for HIV & offer treatment, support & ongoing care for people living with HIV.

For more detailed information about The Lawson unit please click here


***NEWS Dec 2022***
The Lawson Unit is moving…

Many of you will now have been notified that the Lawson Unit clinic will be moving to the new hospital building across the road.
Please click here for more details

Whilst we are all settling in to the new surroundings once the Lawson Unit moves, please be advised that there may be unavoidable delays when being seen initially and that we may have to cancel some appointments at short notice. 

We will do our utmost to keep any disruption to patients to a minimum and we thank you in advance for your understanding.

Phone line opening times

You can call us on 01273 664 722. Phone lines are closed on Bank Holidays. For HIV related queries out of these hours, please contact the HIV inpatient ward @ Courtyard 6 on 01273 523 061

Monday 9.15am to 4.30pm
Tuesday 9.15am to 4.30pm
Wednesday 12.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 9.15am to 4.30pm
Friday 9.15am to 4.30pm





Please do NOT attend our clinics if you or someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19 or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result. Unless we have asked you to come into clinic, our doctor and nurse specialist appointments are by telephone. Blood test appointments remain face-to-face. For a routine sexual health check-up, please order a home test kit. COVID-19 advice for people living with HIV can be found on our Health Advice pages.



When the NHS was established in 1948, its focus was treating infectious disease such as tuberculosis, treating chronic diseases caused by poor nutrition, and treating injuries. At that time less was known about what we now call long term conditions such as diabetes, certain lung conditions or cardiac disease. Much has changed since then. We’ve built a deeper evidence base, developed better treatments and care and, as living/working conditions have also improved, people are leading longer lives. Research helped to make all this possible.

We are blessed to have a highly active team at The Lawson Unit, and research is deeply embedded the into everything we do. Click on the links below to views/access some of this amazing & published work…


Team Members

Professor Yvonne Gilleece
Professor Yvonne Gilleece trained in Dublin and London, is Honorary Clinical Professor and Consultant in HIV Medicine & Sexual Health at Brighton & Sussex Medical School and University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust. She is a national and international leader on HIV in Women and is Chair of the BHIVA Pregnancy Guidelines, Chair of WAVE, Chair of SWIFT, promoting research in women living with HIV. She is currently the Honorary Secretary of BHIVA. She also specialises in HIV and Bone and HIV and Hepatitis Coinfection & Liver Dysfunction.

Professor Daniel Richardson
I am a Sexual Health & HIV physician from the UK who has worked in both the UK and Australia, interested particularly in the sexual health of men who have sex with men, epidemiology of STIs in MSM and sexual health interventions. I am also interested in education and have previously organised the annual BASHH conferences

Dr Sophie Ross
I trained at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and worked in Brighton, London and Myanmar before joining the Lawson Unit as a specialist registrar (senior trainee). My specialist interests include health for transgender people and sustainability in healthcare.

Dr Debbie Williams
I trained at Sheffield University and did my specialist training at The Mortimer Market Centre, UCL and became a consultant in Brighton in 1998. I am interested in all aspects of the specialty but have particular interests in the renal complications of HIV. Dr Williams is current the clinical lead for sexual health services in Brighton.

Dr Sonia Raffe
Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV Medicine. Sonia joined the SHAC and Lawson Unit team many years ago and was recently appointed as one of our permanent consultants. We are delighted