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Select Committee visits Chelsea and Westminster

31 March 2011

The House of Lords HIV and AIDS Select Committee visited the hospital today as part of its investigations into HIV and AIDS in the UK.

The House of Lords HIV and AIDS Select Committee visited the hospital today as part of its investigations into HIV and AIDS in the UK.

The Committee, which is chaired by Lord Fowler, met with clinicians, staff and patients and toured the hospital's services for people living with HIV.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital's Clinical Director for HIV, Dr Simon Barton, said: “We were delighted to host the visit and provide the Committee with a unique perspective of HIV care and how we support our patients.

“HIV will be one of the biggest and most complex healthcare challenges the UK will face in the years to come, so it’s vital that we start planning for the future.

“The Committee is looking at a range of issues such as how we can continue to make treatment affordable and how we will care for an ageing HIV population.”

Following the visit, Lord Fowler said: “The only way we will be able to defeat HIV and AIDS is if we understand what the people who have it, and those who care for them, go through. So we were very glad to visit the pioneering facilities at Chelsea and Westminster.”