Speaker supports new HIV centre at Homerton University Hospital

The Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Susan Fajana Thomas, recently visited Homerton Hospital to check on progress towards the creation of a new HIV Centre at the hospital.

Building work is set to begin on the new Centre during autumn 2012. Once completed, it will play a crucial role in supporting the work of the sexual health team who provide a range of services for people with HIV including ante natal care and psychology services.

During her visit Cllr Fajana Thomas presented a cheque for £850 which was raised by Council & NHS staff who represented Hackney at the five kilometre Your Way charity run where participants completed the course in their own style of running, jogging or walking.

The money raised was in addition to a further £4,500 donation earlier this year from the previous Speaker who had made the Homerton Hope Charity for the new Centre her chosen charity.

Cllr Fajana Thomas praised staff for their valued contribution and said: “The creation of an HIV Centre here at Homerton Hospital will be a fantastic addition to the care that is offered for HIV patients where I hope treatments will advance in the coming years.”

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Picture shows (LtoR) Daniel Waldron Trust Divisional Operations Director, Katherine Coyne Sexual Health Consultant, Nancy Hallett Chief Executive, the Speaker, Darren English Council Sport & Physical Activity Coordinator and Tonya Chalker Fundraising Manager.