The newly refurbished facility follows a £300,000 investment in sexual health medicine and will see more consulting and treatment rooms, and a better design for privacy and sensitivity
Sexual health clinics (also known as GUM clinics) provide confidential treatment and advice for people who have symptoms associated with a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Check ups can be given for people who have had unprotected sex and are worried about STIs, even if they do not have symptoms. Staff can also provide emergency contraception and advice, as well as counselling on a broad range of sexual health matters.
Jerry Wilde, Consultant and Clinical lead for Sexual Health Services said: “Around 6,000 people a year need treatment or advice on sexual health matters from staff in our appointment and walk in clinics. Previously these were held in older and outdated buildings at the southern end of the Salisbury District Hospital site. We now have new facilities and a new expanded team who will be able to provide a better service for people who need the facilities.”
Mr Wilde said. “It’s important that people know about the services that are available to them and don’t feel embarrassed or worried about seeking help. All patients are treated with confidentiality. It’s also important that people are aware of the risks of unprotected sex, and know where they can get initial help and also advice on how to protect themselves in the future.”
If anyone needs advice on sexually transmitted infections or other sexual health issues please contact the Health Advisor on 01722 410069.” Ends
Notes to Editors:
The sexual health clinic (GUM) at Salisbury District Hospital is now located in SDH Central (near to the hairdresser/flower shop).
Walk in clinics are run on:
Monday, 2.00 – 5.30pm
Wednesday, 2.00 - 4.30pm
Friday, 9.00 – 12 noon
Appointment clinics only are run on:
Wednesday, 9.00 – 12 noon
Tuesday and Thursday, 3.00 – 6.00pm
Appointments can be made by ringing 01722 425120
Please note that the doors will be open 15 minutes before clinic times to aid privacy and dignity.
Not everyone who has a sexually transmitted infection has signs and/or symptoms. Sometimes these do not appear for weeks or months and sometimes they go away, but the infection is still present and can be passed on to someone else. In general, symptoms can include unusual discharge, pain or burning on passing urine, itches, rashes, lumps or blisters around the genitals or anus, pain or bleeding during sexual intercourse.
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. SP2 8BJ. Tel: 01722 425170.