Welcoming the Public Health Minister

We were delighted to welcome the Scottish Government’s Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe FitzPatrick MSP, to Waverley Care this week.

The visit followed the Minister’s appointment to the role at the end of June and was a chance for him to find out more about the work of Waverley Care across Scotland.

In particular, the visit focused on some of our prevention work with staff from our SX and African Health Project teams highlighting current issues.

From SX, the Minister heard about work we are doing with NHS Lothian’s ROAM Outreach team to offer community-based testing for gay and bisexual men, along with wider concerns about the health inequalities this group faces.

Meanwhile, our African Health Project team highlighted the work they do to build relationships with local communities to build trust and allow us to share key information about sexual health and HIV while challenging stigma.

During the meeting, we also had the opportunity to briefly discuss current and emerging issues such as the ongoing response to an outbreak of HIV among injecting drug users in Glasgow, and work to support the elimination of hepatitis C in Scotland by 2030.

The work we do at Waverley Care is closely aligned to the outcomes of the Scottish Government’s Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus strategy, and it was good to have the opportunity to update the Minister on how we are contributing to those goals.

We’d like to thank the Minister for taking the time to come and speak with us and we look forward to working with him more in future.