Mildmay UK – is a dedicated HIV hospital and charity based in London’s East End which has been at the forefront of specialist HIV service delivery and care since 1988. We are currently Europe’s only centre dedicated to rehabilitation for people with HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND). It is estimated that 100 thousand people are living with HIV in the UK today, with around a quarter being unaware of their condition. Approximately 20% of people with HIV will at some stage struggle with some level of neurocognitive disorder. Many come to our hospital unable to walk, speak or feed themselves and are in need of 24 hour care. Through the treatment and rehabilitation at Mildmay, around 80% of our clients can return home to live independent lives within their community. The quality of life is improved for all. This saves substantial costs to the NHS in terms of long-term nursing care (average of £30,000 per patient per year) or a care home placement (average cost £26,000 per patient per year).
In September 2014 Mildmay moved into our brand new purpose built hospital. This new hospital is a modern facility designed to meet the specific needs of patients and will enable us to care for even more people. Our new Inpatient Unit is a 26 bed facility across two wards. Our Day Service has greater space and vastly improved facilities. Our new hospital, is part of our response to the growing need for our specialised care and our work to build a brighter future for people living with HIV.
Mildmay offers interdisciplinary assessment and rehabilitation services delivered on an inpatient or outpatient basis depending on the needs of the person.
Our patient pathway encourages as much self-management as possible and keeps people out of hospital. Seventy-five per cent of NHS expenditure is spent on long-term conditions, and effective management of those conditions, including HIV, is crucial in this tough economic climate. Mildmay’s key areas of expertise and service include:
People in need of HAND assessment, rehabilitation and care will typically exhibit complex medical and behavioural symptoms, strained support networks or complex end of life issues. Our service model aims to ensure patients maximise their independence and receive the support and care they need to enable them to cope with dignity with a range of complex physical, psychological and social issues.