Dial *120*448# for ART pills

2015-12-10 06:00

The Western Cape Health Department would like to raise awareness to patients who will be travelling to far-flung places this holiday. Many of ART patients travel to visit family and friends in other parts of the country over the festive season.

Healthcare workers need to support them as much as possible to ensure that they continue to stay on ARV treatment while they are away. Patients should think about their travel plans over the festive season and inform the doctor or nurse at the facility about it. Patients should ensure that they have their patient folder number and their Western Cape clinic telephone number with them if they decide to travel over the festive season. If they don’t have the telephone number, healthcare workers should provide it to them. ART are readily available everywhere. If patients have problems and run out of ARVs when away, they should not be afraid to go to their nearest clinic and ask for ARV treatment. All they need to do is take their green card, empty pill containers, patient folder number and the number of the Western Cape clinic they are attending with them. If patients don’t know where their nearest ART clinic is to their destination, healthcare workers can look it up for them using the HIV911 directories.

Alternatively, all patients travelling to far places can dial *120*448# when they are at home and they will receive details of the nearest ARV clinic.

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