Sexual health is a seven-days-a-week matter

Friday 14 June 2013

Burrell Street Staff

London’s only seven-days-a-week NHS sexual health clinic is reminding communities that it’s just around the corner following reports that Lambeth and Southwark have the city’s worst rates of sexually transmitted infections.

Burrell Street Sexual Health Centre, run by Guy’s and St Thomas’ is encouraging people to take advantage of their services following figures released by Public Health England.

Last year there were 1,250 new gonorrhoea cases in Lambeth and 850 in Southwark, the highest increase in London. Lambeth also had the highest new cases of chlamydia with 5,001, and Southwark again second with 2,584.

Dr Anatole Menon-Johansson, consultant and clinical lead for sexual health at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: “We want to remind the local communities of south London that we are just around the corner and here to help seven days a week.

“We aim to make sexual health as easily accessible as possible. We offer both walk-in clinics and appointments, and results are usually available the same day.

“We have a fantastic team of experts at Burrell Street, and some of the best facilities in Europe. We hope that our community location will diminish the stigma around sexual health and allow people to view it as something as routine as visiting the dentist or having their eyes tested.

“Our clinical rooms have been designed to help patients feel relaxed during their visit, and our waiting room has free coffee and WiFi.”

The centre which is run by doctors, nurses and sexual health advisors provides a full range of sexual health services including: HIV tests in under a minute, sexual health counselling and psychotherapy, a contraception clinic as well as a range of services for the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

Aside from offering sexual health services, Burrell Street hosts events aimed at health professionals, as well as community groups to share knowledge and expertise. The team is also committed to active outreach programmes targeted at schools, community groups and the wider population.

The clinic is located in the heart of Bankside, just two minutes from the South Bank exit of Blackfriars, three minutes from Southwark tube and ten minutes from Waterloo & London Bridge stations.

To contact Burrell Street call 020 7188 6666 or visit them at 4 - 6 Burrell Street, London SE1 0UN.

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Last updated: June 2013

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