Launch of new sexual health service makes testing easier
19 July 2016 - Online service makes STI testing quicker and more convenient for patients
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.
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