Sexual Health

It can be hard to decide if you should have sex or not, but in the end it’s what’s right for you and only you can answer that. It’s your body, your choice and your right to say no. There are lots of new things to think about such as contraception, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, and our doctors and nurses can advise you on these.

Contraceptive prescriptions are FREE.

Sexually transmitted infections

Not all infections have any symptoms, so you or your partner may have one and not know it. Anyone who is having sex, young or old, male or female, gay or lesbian can have a sexually transmitted infection. ‘Safe’ sex is the only way to prevent you from possible risk.

Some of the more common infections are:-

  • Chlamydia
  • Herpes
  • Genital Warts
  • Gonorrhoea (sometimes known as the clap)

Warning signs or symptoms of infection could be any unusual discharge, rashes, itchiness, sores, blisters, pain or a burning sensation when you pass urine or passing urine more frequently.

The good news is that if discovered early, most of these infections can be easily treated. Some can cause serious long-term problems such as infertility in women if left untreated.

More serious sexually transmitted infections, like HIV the virus which leads to AIDS, can be prevented if you have ‘Safe’ sex and use a condom.

We have leaflets on how to use a condom correctly and sexual health. We also have discreet chlamydia screening test kits available, which have easy to follow instructions, urine test kit and a Freepost box to post your kit back.

Sexual Health Services

Our Team – We have a highly trained and dedicated team of healthcare professionals which consists of Doctors, Nurses, Health Care Assistants, Outreach Workers, Health Advisors and a Specialist Psychosexual Counsellor.

Booked Appointments – you can visit the clinic for an appointment which can be booked up to 48 hours in advance by calling us on 0300 3038273.

Sit and Wait Clinic – we also offer a ‘sit and wait’ clinic on Monday-Thursday afternoons; registration starts at 1:15pm and will close to any new arrivals at 4pm. You don’t need to book an appointment; patients are seen in the order they arrive and we aim to see you within 2 hours of your arrival.  We’ll close the sit and wait clinic as soon as we’ve filled all available spaces.

Please note – if you arrive later than 1:15pm the sit and wait clinic may already be full and you’ll be asked to come back another day; it’s impossible to know how busy the sit and wait clinic will be from one day to the next, so please bear this in mind when planning to visit the clinic.

Visit our website at mksexualhealth.nhs.uk for more information.

Opening times

  • Monday – 09:00 – 20:00
  • Tuesday – 08:00 – 20:00
  • Wednesday – 08:00 – 20:00
  • Thursday – 09:00 – 11:00, 13:00 – 20:00
  • Friday – 09:00 – 17:00
  • Saturday – 09:00 – 12:00
  • Sunday – Closed

Contraceptive Services

We offer a wide variety of methods of contraception as well as advice and information about Family Planning.

We have appointments to meet all of your contraceptive and family planning needs. Please call us on 0300 303 8273 for further advice or to book an appointment.

If you require emergency contraception, please call 0300 303 8273 to speak to one of our qualified Doctors or Nurses who can advise you of the best course of action.

Visit the Family Planning Association website for leaflets and booklets on contraceptive methods.

Babies

To keep the risk of pregnancy low, you or your partner need to use a reliable contraceptive. There are many different ones and the doctor or nurse can help you decide what is best for you.

If you have had unprotected sex, or your method of contraception has failed, you can contact us for free, emergency contraception. Preferably this must be within 24 hours.

Signs of pregnancy can include, missed periods, tender breasts and feeling or being sick. You can get a pregnancy test kit from many chemists and pharmacies. If you think you may be pregnant book an appointment with one of our doctors as soon as possible, you have big decisions ahead and we are here to help you and your partner.