Camberwell Sexual Health Centre

What we do

*Important: our walk-in hours have changed*
We have introduced new ways to use our sexual health services. This means you will not have to wait and see a doctor if it is not necessary, as you can use our service in other ways. It is also now easier for people who need to see a doctor or nurse to do so.

We have introduced more self-testing and more appointments, and reduced our walk-in clinic times which now run until 3pm, Monday-Friday. There is no change to our overall opening hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am – 7.30pm; Wednesday, 1pm – 7:30pm; closed on public holidays). At these times you can come in to order a self-test kit, pick up condoms or pregnancy tests, or get advice.

Ways you can use our sexual health services

Free STI self-testing kits
If you have no symptoms and want a check-up, come to the Centre and order an STI self-testing kit. This means you don’t have to wait to be seen. When you order a kit you can choose to either:

  1. take the kit away with you there and then, or
  2. arrange for it to be delivered to an address of your choice.

This is confidential and you will get your results much quicker - by text, and usually within 72 hours.
Hours this is available: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am – 7.30pm; Wednesday, 1pm – 7:30pm. Closed on bank (public) holidays.

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 won’t have to wait as long once you are here. Our staff will talk to you about appointments if this applies to you.
Hours this is available: Currently, appointments are only available to people who come in to the Centre. They take place Monday-Friday, between 5pm and 7:30pm. A member of staff will offer you an appointment if you need one.

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 the self-testing service, offer you a slot in the walk-in clinic, or book you an appointment.
Hours this is available: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am – 3pm; Wednesday, 1pm – 3pm. Closed on bank (public) holidays.

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
  • 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 dermatitis.

Booking a patient at King's

Routine Referrals

Email a completed referral form to: kch-tr.outpatientofficer@nhs.net.

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 Consultant
Miss Katherine Lewis Matron
Dr Candice McDonald Consultant, GUM/HIV