Specialist Sexual Health Service
What we do
Our Specialist Sexual Health Service provides appointment clinics for clients with complex needs. Normally, these appointments are made following a referral by a GP or one of our doctors.
We see clients through a number of clinics, including:
- Rainbow Clinic, an evening clinic for men who have sex with men. This offers HIV testing, hepatitis vaccinations, full sexual health check-ups and counselling. You do not require a referral to attend. Please contact the Caldecot Centre to make an appointment.
- Specialist clinics for complex, recurrent or persistent genital problems, such as genital dermatoses, prostatitis, herpes simplex virus, human papilloma virus, post-exposure prophylaxis, syphilis.
- Specialist and complex contraceptive problems, including contraception for women with medical conditions such as liver and renal disease, cardiac problems, blood disorders and HIV; difficult IUD/IUS insertions and removals and deep implant removals; ultrasound scans for missing IUD/IUS threads; bleeding problems or pelvic pain related to contraception; contraception for woman who have learning difficulties, language problems, psychiatric disorders or are drug users; counselling for sterilisation.
- Psychosexual service for women and men which provides physical and psychological help for sexual and relationship problems, such as lack of libido, vaginismus, erectile difficulties and premature ejaculation.
Preparing for your appointment
- If you are attending to have an IUD (other than for the purpose of emergency contraception), IUS (Mirena) or Implanon fitted, you must not have risked pregnancy in your current menstrual cycle; that is, you should not have had sexual intercourse since your last normal period or you should have correctly and consistently used a reliable method of contraception. Please note that the withdrawal method and diaphragms/caps are not considered highly reliable methods of contraception.
- An emergency IUD can be fitted up to five days after unprotected sex. It can be fitted at any time in the menstrual cycle provided this is the only unprotected sex that has occurred 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 (ovulated).
- If you are attending to have an IUD or IUS (coil) removed and not planning a pregnancy it is important that you use condoms or do not have sex for 7 days before the appointment.
- If you are going to have a procedure done during your appointment and you have small children accompanying you, please bring someone along who can look after them.
To find out more about contraception and sexually transmitted infections, visit the Family Planning Association (FPA) website.
Ground floor, Caldecot Centre, 15-22 Caldecot Road, London, SE5 9RS
- Main Reception: +44 (0)20 3299 5000
Conditions we treat
We run a number of specialist clinics covering complex sexual health.
Specialist GUM referral clinic
- complex GUM cases
- recurrent bacterial vaginosis/thrush
- frequent/severe recurrent genital herpes
- persistent or recurrent NSU
- genital dermatoses
- persistent warts resistant to treatment
- positive treponemal serology
- STIs in pregnancy
Specialist contraception referral clinic
- complex contraceptive problems
- contraception for women with medical conditions such as renal or liver disease, cardiac problems, haematological disorders or HIV
- difficult IUD/IUS insertions and removals and Implanon removals
- ultrasound scans for missing IUD/IUS threads, bleeding problems or pelvic pain related to contraception
- contraception for groups with special needs such as learning difficulties, language problems, drug users, psychiatric disorders
- counselling clinic for sterilisation
Specialist psychosexual clinic
- psychosexual problems such as loss of libido, vaginismus, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction
- HIV testing, hepatitis vaccinations, full sexual health check-ups and counselling for men who have sex with men through the dedicated Rainbow Clinic.
What is required before referring a patient
If a patient is attending to have an IUD (other than for the purpose of emergency contraception) , IUS (Mirena) or an Implanon fitted, they must not have risked pregnancy in their current menstrual cycle, that is, no sexual intercourse since last normal menses, or they should have correctly and consistently used a reliable method of contraception.
Booking a patient at King's
Email a completed referral form to: email@example.com.
Suspected early or infectious syphilis should be treated urgently. Please ask the patient to attend the walk-in service at Camberwell Sexual Health Centre. Syphilis in pregnancy should be referred directly to the Health Advisors on 020 3299 5093/3759.
For IUD insertions for emergency contraception, ask the patient to attend the walk-in service at Camberwell Sexual Health Centre.
For general enquiries, tel 020 3299 5000.
Please complete the relevant form and note any pre-consultation investigations required:
Key Clinical Staff