What will happen at the clinic?

Image of Your SHiP entranceWhen you arrive you will need to check in at reception and fill in a registration form.

If you have a booked appointment, please come 10 minutes before your appointment time. If you attend the walk-in service you may have to wait to be seen if the clinic is busy.

You will be called into the clinic by your individual number. A health care professional (doctor/nurse/health care assistant) will have a chat with you about why you have come to the clinic.

They will ask questions to help decide what tests are most suitable for you. 

If you have symptoms

If you have symptoms

Women:

  • You may need to have a genital examination, including examination of the genital skin, vagina and cervix (a small plastic tube called a speculum will be being placed in the vagina) A doctor may perform a manual examination to look for pelvic inflammation.
  • Swabs will be taken from the vagina and the cervix. Depending on your symptoms you may be tested for bacterial vaginosis, thrush, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomonas or herpes simplex virus.
  • We will take a blood sample for HIV and syphilis*
  • You will be given some results immediately and treatment if you need it (e.g. for bacterial vaginosis, thrush, warts, herpes, PID)
  • For other results (including chlamydia and gonorrhoea) you will receive a text within one to two weeks if results are negative or a phone call if positive or abnormal.

Men:

  • You will have a genital examination including examination of the skin, penis and testicles. You may have a swab taken from the tip of your penis using a small cotton or plastic tip. (This is NOT an umbrella)
  • You will be asked for a urine sample to test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
  • We will take a blood sample for HIV and syphilis*
  • You will be given some results immediately and treatment if you need it.
  • For other results (including chlamydia and gonorrhoea) you will receive a text within one to two weeks if results are negative or a phone call if results are positive or abnormal.

 *blood will be tested for hepatitis B and hepatitis C if you are at risk of these infections

If you don't have symptoms

If you don't have symptoms

Women:

  • You will be given a swab so you can take your own vaginal sample. This will be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in the hospital laboratory.
  • We will take a blood sample for HIV and syphilis*.
  • If your results are negative you will receive a text within one to two weeks. If you have a positive or abnormal result a health advisor will phone you.

Men:

  • You will be asked to provide a urine sample (do not pass urine for 2 hours before you attend). This will be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
  • We will take a blood sample for HIV and syphilis*
  • If you have received anal sex, we (or you can do this) will swab the rectum (back passage) to test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea
  • If your results are negative you will receive a text within one to two weeks. If you have a positive or abnormal result a health advisor will phone you.

Image of female screening

Image of male screening

Who do i see in clinic?

Image of a clinic setting You will usually be seen by doctor or a nurse. There is often a health care assistant in the room who is there to help you and the clinician. They will always be available during examinations. 

If you are diagnosed with an infection, or if you have other concerns you can see a health advisor who will give you more advice. They will help you to contact sexual partners so they can also get treatment if they need it. 

This is a teaching hospital. Sometimes a medical student will be present. We will ask you if this is ok. We are very grateful if you allow this as it helps to train our young doctors. We do understand if you are not happy with this and you can say no. 

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