Former Eurythmics star Annie Lennox opens new centre at Homerton hospital
PUBLISHED: 18:57 04 October 2013 | UPDATED: 18:57 04 October 2013
Celebrated singer and songwriter Annie Lennox OBE opened a new clinic at Homerton Hospital this week which will cater for the twofold increase in HIV patients over the last ten years.
Ms Lennox, who has won more Brit Awards than any other female artist and is the Mayor of London’s HIV ambassador, opened the Jonathan Mann clinic for the treatment and support of people with HIV at the hospital in Homerton Row on Tuesday.
The facility will offer diagnosis, deliver treatment, advice, prevention and support for HIV and is part of the Positive Lives initiative which also funded the refurbishment of the Clifden centre for sexual health - both to the tune of £2 million.
Ms Lennox said: “As a passionate activist, and as the Mayor of London’s HIV Ambassador, I have been touched by the countless stories of men, women and children who have been affected by HIV. For many people, these are no longer stories of despair, but are stories of hope. Advances in treatment mean that HIV is no longer a death sentence.
“People on effective treatment are living healthy, fulfilling and long lives. This new clinic at Homerton is a fantastic facility that will help more people get the world-class treatment that they need.”
Prof Jane Anderson, of the centre, said: “We are delighted that Annie is visiting us to see for herself the ground breaking work we are doing in the care and support of people with HIV.
“The number of people with HIV who use our hospital has doubled in the past 10 years and the new centre will enable our multidisciplinary team to deliver holistic care and support, which will address both people’s clinical requirements as well as wider emotional, social and practical needs through on-site support services.
“We work closely with a range of agencies and our local authority colleagues to provide a network of advice and support to our communities, covering a full range of sexual health and family planning services as well as services for HIV.
“Prevention and health promotion are key components of our work. Our contraception services have been instrumental in reducing the teenage pregnancy rates for Hackney and the City over the past three years.”