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Camberwell Sexual Health Centre

Disruption to testing

Due to disruption to our pathology services, screening for HIV, syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea is going ahead at the clinic by ordering a test kit from www.shl.uk. The kit is then sent to our reception desk for you to collect, complete, and put in the post. You will get your results by text message, usually within 72 hours.

We are currently unable to do some other tests, and we are sorry for any inconvenience caused. For alternative sexual health clinics please use Find a sexual health clinic on the NHS website.

We are open as usual for contraception, symptom-checking, advice, and treatment.

We provide a full range of sexual and reproductive health services from the Camberwell Sexual Health Centre.

Walk-in service

We offer a walk-in service on a first come, first served basis.

The clinic can be very busy, and we are not always able to see everyone on the day they attend. We recommend that, if possible, you access services online through Sexual Health London before you come to the clinic. Online services include testing for STIs, supply of the contraceptive pill and patch and emergency contraception (the ‘morning after pill’).

When you attend the clinic, you will be assessed (‘triaged’) according to your reason for attending, and offered either an emergency (same day) slot or a routine appointment. We will try and see you on the same day but, if all routine appointments are booked, you will be offered an appointment to come back on another day.

Priority is given to:

  • young people (under 18 years old)
  • those who need post-exposure prophylaxis
  • those who need emergency contraception
  • those with severe or urgent symptoms

Our walk-in service provides:

  • assessment of sexual health symptoms
  • treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • contraception (including coil and implant insertions or removals and Depo injections)
  • post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
  • pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • care and support if you have problems with chemsex (using drugs as part of your sex life)
  • referral for psychosexual therapy

Opening hours

  • Monday: 8am to 3.30pm
  • Tuesday: 8am to 3.30pm
  • Wednesday: 12pm to 6.30pm
  • Thursday: 10am to 5.30pm
  • Friday: 8am to 3.30pm

We are closed on weekends and bank (public) holidays.

Emergency contraception

If you need emergency contraception, you can attend our walk-in service, visit a local pharmacy or order online.

Emergency contraception is most effective when used as soon as possible. There are two types of emergency contraception: the emergency contraception pill (Levonelle or ellaOne) and the intrauterine device (IUD or coil).

You need to take the emergency contraceptive pill within either 3 days (Levonelle) or 5 days (ellaOne) and the IUD (coil) can be fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex, The IUD (coil) is the most effective at preventing pregnancy.

For more information on emergency contraception see the NHS website.

Cervical screening (smear tests)

We run a cervical screening clinic on Friday mornings. If you need a routine smear test, please walk in to the clinic and book an appointment.

CliniQ (for trans and non-binary people)

This clinic is only for trans and non-binary people who need sexual and reproductive healthcare (STI testing or contraception), PrEP, hormone injections, hormone blood level tests, or a smear test.

Appointments are on Tuesdays between 4pm and 7pm at the Caldecot Centre, King’s College Hospital. We do not have a walk-in service.

Appointments can be booked at the clinic or by emailing [email protected]

For more information visit the CliniQ website

Abortions

You can choose to have your abortion, and get abortion advice, with:

Abortions are simpler and safer the earlier they are carried out. For more information go to the NHS website.

Sexual assault

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, then please contact The Havens.

Your sexual health records

The way we store sexual health information is changing, find out more information.

What if I am not happy with the service I received

If you have concerns about any aspect of our service, please approach a member of staff in the clinic and they will try to put things right as soon as they can. If you require further help and support you can contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).

Preparing for your appointment

Male patients

Do not pass urine for at least one hour before you attend the clinic.

Chaperones

If you need to be examined, you can ask to have a second member of staff (chaperone) present. Please note, due to staff shortages, if no chaperone is available on the day of your appointment, you may need to reschedule your appointment.

If you are having an IUD, IUS (coil) or 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 using a reliable method of contraception. The withdrawal method and diaphragms or caps are not highly reliable methods of contraception.

If you are having an emergency IUD (coil) fitted

An emergency IUD can be fitted up to 5 days after the first unprotected sex in your menstrual cycle. If you have had unprotected sex more than once since your last period, then an emergency IUD can be fitted up to 5 days after the earliest time you could have released an egg (ovulated).

Having an IUD or IUS (coil) removed or replaced

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

Location

Ground floor, Camberwell Sexual Health Centre, Camberwell Building, 100 Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

Main Reception: 020 3299 5091

Self-referrals

We provide a full range of contraception, testing and treatment for STIs, post-exposure prophylaxis and pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention. Patients can self-refer to the service. For information on how patients can do this please see the ‘General Information’ page.

GP referrals

GPs can refer into our appointment clinics for:

  • persistent or recurrent genital symptoms such as herpes, non-specific urethritis (NSU), vaginal discharge, and prostatitis
  • complex STIs such as syphilis
  • STIs in pregnancy
  • genital dermatoses
  • routine IUD, IUS or implant insertions
  • ultrasound scans for missing IUD or IUS threads, suspected device displacements or expulsions
  • ultrasound guided IUD or IUS insertions or removals
  • ultrasound scans for impalpable or deep implants and ultrasound guided implant removal
  • investigation and management of bleeding problems or pelvic pain in contraceptive users
  • contraceptive advice for patients with complex medical comorbidities or social vulnerabilities.

Booking a patient at King’s

Routine Referrals

Complete the ‘Sexual health service – referral form for GPs‘ (below), ensuring you include:

  • the results of investigations and treatments already provided
  • the patient’s mobile number.

Email the completed form to: [email protected]

Patients with additional needs

Complete the ‘Sexual Health Intervention and Prevention (SHIP) external referral form‘ (below) to refer patients needing sexual health or contraception support who:

  • are under 18
  • have learning or mental health needs
  • have additional vulnerabilities.

Email the completed form to: [email protected]

Emergency Referrals

Outside of clinic opening hours please bleep the HIV/Sexual Health on-call doctor (bleep 515) via switchboard on 020 3299 9000.

Other Queries

For general enquiries about our clinics and appointments, contact the department on 020 3299 5091 to be put through to the relevant person.

Referral forms

TitleFile SizeLink
Sexual Health Intervention and Prevention (SHIP) external referral form52 KB
Sexual health service – referral form for GPs58 KB

Key Clinical Staff

Name Role
Dr Paula Baraitser Consultant Sexual and Reproductive Health
Dr Michael Brady Consultant Sexual Health and HIV
Dr Vivian Iguyovwe Locum Consultant and Interim Clinical Lead
Dr Usha Kumar Lead Consultant Reproductive Sexual Health
Dr Harriet Le Voir Consultant
Miss Katherine Lewis Matron
Ms Emily McBrearty Nurse Practitioner
Dr Candice McDonald Consultant Sexual Health and HIV
Dr Nisha Mody Consultant Sexual Health and HIV
Dr Larissa Mulka Consultant Sexual Health and HIV
Dr Killian Quinn Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV, Clinical Lead for Sexual Health
Dr Itty Samuel Associate Specialist Sexual Health and HIV
Mrs Hermione Thompson Senior Charge Nurse Sexual Health and SHIP Matron in Sexual Health and HIV