Back in 1999 Garry Brough and Peter Twist set out to start the Bloomsbury patient network, in doing so they jointly created a mission statement that defined the route forward for the networks future. So now, 15 years later, revisiting this document clearly shown us that we have stuck to those original core principles and mission objectives that was set so many years ago.
Clearly since then the network has evolved, introducing many new services, it has employed full-time patient representatives, all with the goal of providing the best support, information and improved service delivery for HIV patients within the Bloomsbury Clinic.
Below, we have copied our original mission statement created 15 years ago, so you can see from a historical perspective what we set out to achieve and compare what the network is actually delivered over the years. We hope to continually build the network.
The following document was written 15 years ago and some of the information is now out of date and has only been included for information purposes only.
There are monthly meetings and workshops to discuss patient’s needs and wants and explore issues affecting clinic services. They happen with the full support of the clinic and its staff. The Network is also contactable by email, mobile phone, letter or message left for us at the Clinic Reception. Any suggestions made are discussed at Clinic Management Meetings, which are attended by Patient representatives (currently Peter Twist and Garry Brough, who set up the Network and secured a King’s Fund Millennium Award to run it until May 2004). All views remain unattributable.
The Network is operating all the time, powered by emails, mobile phone text messages and, soon to come, our own pages on the new Clinic web site. We also meet in the Duncan Catterall Seminar Room in the basement of the Mortimer Market Centre on the 3rd week of each month. We alternate between a Thursday evening business meeting from 5.30pm to 7pm and a Saturday morning event from 11am to 1pm, which is more informal and followed by a free buffet lunch. To help you keep track, the Thursday evening meetings are on odd numbered months and the Saturday events on the evens. We are working to produce a structured annual programme.
If you are a patient at the Bloomsbury clinic, regardless of age, gender, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation, you are already part of the Bloomsbury Patients’ Network and are welcome to get in touch and come along to our meetings. A dedicated notice board in the nurses’ station waiting area will be kept up to date.
To be kept personally informed, please send us your mobile number or join our postal or e-mail mailing list to receive minutes of the meetings and up-dates on events, supported by mobile phone text messages. Send an email to Bloomsusrs@hotmail.com or leave your address at the Clinic Reception. You can also phone. There is no requirement to attend meetings in order to express your views or have a say in what the Network does. All communications are treated in confidence and you are welcome to unsubscribe at any time. We look forward to welcoming you.