HIV

Kobler rehabilitation class

Introduction

This leaflet will provide you with a basic guide on what you can expect from the Kobler Rehabilitation Class. If you have any questions please ask a member of therapy staff for further information.

What?

The Kobler Rehabilitation Class is a Physiotherapy supervised rehabilitation intervention, providing group exercise and HIV specific education. The aim is to help you achieve personal goals and improve your fitness, strength, flexibility and quality of life. We will support you to feel more confident in exercising to self-manage your health and wellbeing.

Who? The Kobler Rehabilitation Class is for men and women living with HIV who experience physical, mental, cognitive or social health challenges, live with a disability or episodes of illness.

When?

Your first class will be on a Tuesday from 1:30–3pm.

All other classes:
Tuesdays, 2.00pm–3.00pm
Fridays, 11.00am–12.30pm

Where?

Physiotherapy Gym
Therapies Department
Ground Floor, Lift Bank C

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
369 Fulham Road
London SW10 9NH

About the class

New patients

A Physiotherapist will assess you individually in Kobler Day Care before attending the Kobler Rehabilitation Class.

Your needs will be assessed to provide you with individualised treatment.

If you require further Physiotherapy treatment before starting the Kobler Rehabilitation Class, this will be arranged.

The exercise class

You should arrive at 1:30pm for your first class. Your Physiotherapist will assess your fitness, strength, flexibility and quality of life before starting to exercise. Please wear suitable clothing for exercise.

The Kobler Rehabilitation Class is a twice weekly. You are encouraged to attend most classes for 10 weeks. We provide an open-access service, allowing you to attend, return or restart depending on your health or disability. You will be encouraged to exercise in addition to attending.

Exercises can include cardiovascular, strength training, flexibility stretches, yoga, balance and other individualised exercises tailored to your needs.

The self-management programme

On Friday the self-management programme is available to attend (11–11:30am) providing group discussion with an invited speaker, on living with HIV as a long-term condition.

Find out what sessions are coming up here

Exercise and HIV

In addition to taking HIV medications, there are many things you can do to improve your health and well-being, including regular exercise

Regular exercise can:

  • Improve muscle strength and size
  • Strengthen bones
  • Lower body fat
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Help control blood sugars
  • Maintain a healthy blood pressure
  • Improve low mood and depression
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve appetite
  • Regulate bowel function
  • Reduce fatigue or tiredness
  • Improve breathlessness
  • Maintain the ability to do everyday tasks
  • Improve quality of life

If you require advice about keeping active or exercise, please ask to speak with a Physiotherapist.

Referral process

Speak to your consultant or healthcare professional about the Kobler Rehabilitation Class. Once you have been referred, you will be contacted to arrange your first appointment with a Physiotherapist in Kobler Day Care.

Inpatients

Inpatients are welcome to attend the Kobler Rehabilitation Class twice weekly once assessed by a Physiotherapist.

Medical patients at Sexual Health Hounslow

This information is intended for our medical patients at Sexual Health Hounslow to give information about our clinic and useful contacts. If you require further information please speak to a member of staff.

Medical appointments

We offer medical appointments on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. All patients must make arrangements to attend on these days as the clinic will have the appropriate members of staff available to support you. When contacting the clinic please advise staff that you are a medical patient in order to book you the correct clinic slot.

We do not offer HIV care during the walk-in clinics, please be advised you will be asked to return during medical appointments.

Doctor’s appointments

As part of your medical care you will be asked to make an appointment to see the specialist consultant for a review, medication and/or a blood test. At each visit you will be advised when you need to book your next appointment.

For patients who are stable and have no other concerns, routine appointments are every six months and should be made with the reception team before leaving the clinic.

Your appointments can be written on your clinic card for you. If you need to cancel any appointments please ring 020 8321 5675/6831 to let them know and to arrange a different time.

Results

Following any testing at the clinic you will be contacted only if there are any problems or concerns with your results. If you wish to contact the clinic to check your results, please ring two weeks after your visit on 020 8321 5675/6831.

Medication

Please ensure you have enough medication left before your next visit (minimum of 1 month supply). Please make sure you contact the clinic on 020 8321 5675/6831 to arrange your medical appointment in due time before running out of medication.

If you are on home delivery and are experiencing delays in your medication please contact the delivery company directly:

If you have any questions or concerns about your medicines, such as side-effects or drug interactions, please contact the clinic to arrange for a pharmacist to get in contact with you. 

Alternatively, you can contact our Medicines Information team based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on 020 3315 2704 or email .

GP letters

We would like to routinely write to your GP regarding your care in our service. Please ensure your GP information is correct and up-to-date with the clinic.

Other clinic services

Sexual health

It is important that you look after your general sexual health. If you are sexually active this means having a regular screen and, for women, also having an annual smear test. Please ask a doctor, health adviser or a nurse about this.

Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, there is a specialist midwife who can support you throughout your pregnancy and postnatal period.

Outside clinic opening times

If you are worried about a possible medical emergency, please see your GP or go to your nearest A&E (Emergency Department).

Useful contacts

Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) Direct

Mon–Fri, 10am–8pm
T: 0808 802 1221
W: www.tht.org.uk

NAM aidsmap

Information on everything to do with HIV and AIDS, both in the UK and worldwide

W: www.aidsmap.com

Contact information

Sexual Health Hounslow
Twickenham House
West Middlesex University Hospital
Twickenham Road
Isleworth
TW7 6AF

T: 020 8321 5718