Launch of new sexual health service makes testing easier

19 July 2016 - Online service makes STI testing quicker and more convenient for patients

SH:24

King’s College Hospital has moved some of its sexual health services online, making it even easier to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Patients who wish to be tested for a range of STIs, including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV, can now order a testing kit either through iPads in the clinic or via a link on the King's College Hospital website, meaning they no longer have to wait to see a doctor or nurse. The service is being delivered in partnership with SH:24.

The testing kit arrives in a plain envelope with instructions on how to provide a sample. Personal details do not appear on any of the samples or the freepost return envelope, so it is completely confidential. The results come back quickly - the majority within 24 hours - and are sent to the patient via text message. If an STI is detected, patients are advised on how to get treatment and further support.

For anyone not wishing to receive a testing kit at home, there is a Click and Collect service available at Camberwell Sexual Health Centre, where King’s staff are on hand to provide help and advice.

Dr Michael Brady, Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV said, “People can have sexually transmitted infections and not display any symptoms, which is why testing is so important. STIs are treatable so it’s a really good idea to get tested; especially if you’ve had unprotected sex or recently changed partners.

“This new service is great for anyone who doesn’t want to come into the Sexual Health Centre for an STI test. It’s quick, easy and confidential, so there’s no reason not to get tested.”

As a result of the new service, which launched on 7 July, there is reduced need for the walk-in service, which has resulted in a greater number of appointment slots being made available for patients who need to see a doctor or nurse. Appointment slots are between 5pm and 7.30pm, Monday to Friday. The walk-in service now runs from 9am to 3pm, Monday-Friday.


For further information please contact:
Karen Welsh
Acting Head of Communications
karen.welsh2@nhs.net
Extension: +44 (0)20 3299 3850

Notes to editors

1. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, training over 900 dentists, 750 doctors and 300 nurses every year. The Trust is recognized internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma. On 1 October 2013, King’s took over the running of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley and Orpington Hospital, as well as some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. The new enlarged organisation has over 10,500 staff and provides over 1 million patient contacts a year. 9,000 babies are delivered by our hospitals each year, and over 750 patients come to our Emergency Departments every day. For more information, please visit the website. You can also support the work of King’s College Hospital at www.togetherwecan.org.uk

2. King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering collaboration between King’s College London, and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

King’s Health Partners is one of only six Department of Health-designated AHSCs in England and brings together an unrivalled range and depth of clinical and research expertise, spanning both physical and mental health. Our combined strengths will drive improvements in care for patients, allowing them to benefit from breakthroughs in medical science and receive leading edge treatment at the earliest possible opportunity.

Our partnership brings together...

  • three of the UK’s leading NHS Foundation Trusts;
  • one of the top 30 universities in the world;
  • services provided over 225 locations, including seven hospitals and community and mental health centres;
  • 2.2 million patient contacts each year;
  • 31,000 staff;
  • 25,000 students;
  • a combined annual turnover of £2.8bn.

... to advance health and wellbeing by integrating world-class research, care and teaching.

3. At King’s College Hospital we fundraise for the best in treatment, research and health education, leading-edge equipment and improving well-being in our communities. By uniting doctors, nurses, researchers and academics with our supporters and volunteers we can provide the best patient care that goes above and beyond. Find out more and support us at togetherwecan.org.uk