Camberwell Sexual Health Centre

What we do

*Important: our walk-in hours have changed*
On 7 July 2016 we introduced new ways for you to use sexual health services. The changes mean you will not have to wait to see a doctor if it is not necessary, but can you use our service in other ways. They will also make it easier for people who need to be seen by a doctor or nurse to do so.

We have introduced more online testing and appointments and reduced our walk-in clinic times, which will now run until 3pm, Monday-Friday. There is no change to the Centre's overall opening hours, which are 9am-7.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 1pm – 7.30pm on Wednesday. At these times you can come in for online testing, to pick up condoms or pregnancy tests, or to get advice.

How you can use our sexual health services

Order free STI self-testing kits
Go to the SH:24 website for a free self-testing kit you can use at home. Self-testing means you don’t have to wait at the walk-in clinic. It is also confidential and you get your results quicker - by text, and usually within 72 hours.
Hours this is available: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Click and collect your self-testing kit at Camberwell Sexual Health Centre
If you don’t want to receive your testing kit at home, or you don’t have access to the internet, we have a Click and Collect service. Come in to the Centre where you can use our tablets to get online, order your kit and either arrange for it to be sent home or to collect it from the Centre. Staff are available to help if needed.
Hours this is available: Click and Collect is available during our opening hours: 9am – 7.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 1pm – 7:30 on Wednesday.

Appointments
If you have an issue that needs to be assessed by a doctor or nurse, or a condition that needs treatment, we are now offering more appointments. This means you will have a specific time to come in and you don’t have to wait as long once you are here. Our staff will talk to you about booking an appointment if this applies to you.
Hours this is available: Appointment slots are between 5pm and 7.30pm, Monday-Friday. A member of staff will offer you an appointment if you need one. Currently, appointments are only available to people who come in to the Centre.

Walk-in service
Alternatively you can use the walk-in service and we will assess the most appropriate way for you to get what you need. A member of staff will discuss with you why you have come in and then either direct you to SH:24 for online STI testing, offer you a slot in the walk-in clinic, or book you an appointment at a later time that suits you.
Hours this is available: 9am – 3pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 1pm – 3pm on Wednesday.

What we offer

  • Information, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, herpes, warts, hepatitis and HIV
  • Contraception, including emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Information about and referral for abortion
  • Testing for bacterial vaginosis and thrush (candida)
  • Free condoms for men and women
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis after sexual exposure (PEPSE) for HIV
  • Rapid (same-day) HIV testing.

Information leaflets
For more information about a wide range of sexual health issues, visit www.fpa.org.uk and search for: leaflet and booklet downloads.

Preparing for your appointment

If you are attending to have an IUD, IUS (coil) or implant
If you are having an IUS (Mirena) or an implant fitted, you must not have risked pregnancy in your current menstrual cycle; that is, no sexual intercourse since your last normal period or correctly and consistently used a reliable method of contraception (the withdrawal method and diaphragms/caps are not highly reliable methods of contraception).

If you are attending to have an emergency IUD (coil) fitted
An emergency IUD can be fitted up to five days after unprotected sex. You can have it fitted at any time in your menstrual cycle provided this is the only unprotected sex you have had since your last period. If you have had unprotected sex more than once since your last period, then an emergency IUD can be fitted up to five days after the earliest time you could have released an egg (ovulation).

If you are attending to have an IUD or IUS (coil) removed
If you want to have an IUD or IUS removed and are not planning a pregnancy, it is important that you use condoms or do not have sex for seven days before your appointment.

Male patients
Do not pass urine for at least two hours before you attend the clinic.

Childcare
If you are going to have a procedure during your appointment and you have small children with you, please bring someone along who can look after them.

Chaperone
If you need to be examined you can ask to have a second member of staff (chaperone) present.

Location

Ground floor, Camberwell Building, 94-104 Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

  • Main Reception: +44 (0)20 3299 5000

Conditions we treat

Self-referrals
We see self-referred patients for:

  • all methods of contraception (except patches)
  • emergency contraception
  • free condoms for men and women
  • testing and treatment for STIs
  • HIV testing (including rapid, same-day testing)
  • pregnancy testing
  • abortion information and referral
  • post-exposure prophylaxis after sexual exposure (PEPSE) for HIV
  • assessment following sexual assault via The Haven.

GP referrals
GPs can refer into appointment clinics for:

  • complex contraceptive problems, IUD/IUS
  • ultrasound scans for missing IUD/IUS threads
  • management of bleeding problems relating to contraception
  • sterilisation counselling
  • persistent or recurrent genital symptoms such as herpes, non-specific urethritis (NSU), vaginal discharge and prostatitis
  • complex STIs such as syphilis and genital dermatisis.

For complex STI problems, please refer to Dr Michael Brady.

For complex contraception problems, please refer to Dr Usha Kumar.

Booking a patient at King's

Routine Referrals

GUM/STIs

Complete the referral form and either fax or post to:
Dr Michael Brady
Ground Floor
Caldecot Centre
15-22 Caldecot Road
Camberwell
London SE5 9RS
Fax: 020 3299 3486

Psychosexual/Sexual dysfunction

Complete the referral form and either fax or post to:
Dr Leonor Herrera-Vega
Ground Floor
Caldecot Centre
15-22 Caldecot Road
Camberwell
London SE5 9RS
Fax: 020 3299 3486

Contraception/LARC

Complete the referral form and either fax or post to:
Dr Usha Kumar
Camberwell Sexual Health Centre
100 Denmark Hill
Camberwell
London SE5 9RS
Fax: 020 7733 2477

Emergency Referrals

For emergency referrals, contact the department on 020 3299 5000 to be put through to the relevant person.

Or bleep the HIV/Sexual Health on-call doctor via switchboard on 020 3299 9000.

Other Queries

For general enquiries about our walk-in clinics and appointments, contact the department on 020 3299 5000 to be put through to the relevant person.

Referral Forms

Please complete the relevant form and note any pre-consultation investigations required:

Key Clinical Staff

Name Job Title
Dr Paula Baraitser Consultant, Reproductive & Sexual Health
Dr Michael Brady Consultant Sexual Health and HIV
Ms Louise Gallagher SHIP Nurse Practitioner
Dr Leonor Herrera-Vega Specialty Doctor
Dr Usha Kumar Clinical Lead for Sexual Health & HIV
Miss Katherine Lewis Nurse Practitioner
Dr Candice McDonald Consultant, GUM/HIV
Ms Lorette Runacres Matron-Sexual Health