"Judgmental consultation"

About: The Royal Victoria Infirmary / Infectious and Tropical Medicine

(as the patient),

Ive been here a few occasions now for treatment for HIV.

I would dearly like to name the grumpy, assuming consultant (I won't) who has clearly assumed this my HIV has been contracted sexually and also that Im a gay man. I say the consultant has assumed this because Ive been repeatedly pressured into having an appointment at new croft sexual health clinic. I agreed just to stop the consultant piling on pressure and to avoid the curt manner and the variation on the "you are in no position to question what I tell you" type speech.

I have no intention of going to this other clinic. I'm not proud of that but I hear bad things about it and Im not being encouraged- Im being hounded.

But I thought I should post about this- the conduct of this consultant- Not much relevant questioning- just sits at the computer, cursorily asks "how I've been doing" but doesn't pay any attention, has already assumed Im gay and told me what vaccinations I should be having.

Disrespectful, assuming, judgmental.

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Response from The Royal Victoria Infirmary

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback on our services at Infectious Disease RVI. We are really sorry you have had such a negative experience, patient feedback is a very important part of improving services so we would welcome more information about what happened and how we can improve your ongoing care and treatment.

If you would like to contact our Patient Relations Department on patient.relations@nuth.nhs.uk with further details, we can investigate the issues you have raised and ensure your concerns are passed on to the relevant clinician.

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