Sexual health is an important element of adult wellbeing. The department of Sexual Health provides specialist health care services to the entitled population in BFG. Information is not routinely shared with the medical centre teams.
The GUM team is nurse led by specialist sexual health nurses and it will not usually be necessary for you to see a doctor, however, when this is required an appointment will be made for you with our consultant physician.
If you are worried about sexual health matters and would like to discuss your concerns, if you want a supply of condoms or want to be tested for sexually transmitted infections ………. Appointments are not always necessary, but to confirm availability please ring the Medical Centre at which you want to be seen.
The nurses are able to screen, test and treat most common sexually transmitted infections without the need to refer patients onward. A health advisor works with the team who is available by appointment if you want to discuss sexual health concerns.
The team offer screening for sexually transmitted infections to patients without symptoms but who have concerns that they may be at risk, testing for STIs when patients are experiencing symptoms and treatment/follow up when positive results are returned. Following assessment the team can offer screening/testing for the following conditions as appropriate:
Human Immuno-deficiency Virus
The consultant in GUM also offers a special treatment clinic which is accessible by self referral or by referral from a nurse or doctor.
Results will usually be available within 5 days and patients can select to receive a text message report. In the absence of symptoms testing usually includes either a urine specimen from males or self taken swabs for females which are used to test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. Other conditions are tested for on blood samples – one blood sample can be tested for the other main conditions. If you require treatment the nurses will be able to supply this whilst you are at the clinic. You will not incur prescription charges for medicines supplied for the treatment of STIs.
Partner contact is an important part of reducing the spread of STIs. It is usually best if contact with the partner is made by the patient however we understand that this is not always easy and the team will help wherever they can to support patients in alerting their partners to the need to be tested. Where patients are unwilling to contact partners and if contact details are available, the nurses can do this.