From the 1st April there will be a new provider of HIV prevention and support services in Bath and North East Somerset, The Eddystone Trust.
For more than 27 years Eddystone, a registered charity, has delivered a wide range of HIV and sexual health related services: supporting people affected by HIV; providing prevention services; developing and delivering targeted evidence based awareness campaigns; and professional training.
The Eddystone Trust are experienced at providing consistent and equitable service delivery across a geographically diverse area that encompasses Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Gloucestershire and now Bath and North East Somerset. They have significant expertise in working in towns and cities and across rural areas, delivering services that are tailored to local needs and requirements.
A spokesperson for the Trust said “Our innovative service delivery is supported by a team of people with a wide range of skills, knowledge and abilities. Central to all we do is a commitment to challenging stigma, discrimination and ignorance of HIV and sexual health issues affecting some of the most marginalised groups in society.”
” Eddystone will continue to offer a comprehensive health promotion programme across Bath and North East Somerset. This will include a condom distribution scheme aimed at people most at risk of infection. We will be working very closely with the Royal United Hospital Bath, the provider of treatment services, to ensure a seamless provision of services. Services will continue, including weekly attendance at the GUM Clinic in Bath and at the One Stop Shop, Manvers Street, Bath.”
” We are planning to review and understand all services currently on offer across the Bath & North East Somerset area to ensure that we deliver them as fairly as possible, as well as looking to build creative and dynamic partnerships with clinical services and community organisations across the area. If you have something to say, let us know! We are listening.” The spokesperson continued.
Eddystone aim for there to be as little service disruption as possible from when they start providing the service from 1st April and have been working with Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) to minimalise any interruptions in service and will continue to deliver a full range to services to people affected by HIV in Bath and across Somerset.
Due to THT’s Data Protection policies The Eddystone Trust are unable to transfer the records of existing service users. Those who are currently receiving services and wanting to continue to access those services are asked to please contact the trust directly. From April 1st anyone who is HIV positive should contact The Eddystone Trust on 0800 328 3508.