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Contraception & Sexual Health (Integrated Sexual Health)

  

Detailed information and referral processes for contraception and sexual health advice (now including psychosexual counselling for Coventry patients)


Integrated Sexual Health Service (Coventry) Contact:   0300 020 0027

The Integrated Sexual Health Service can help with care and advice on STIs and contraception in Coventry.

Information regarding sexual health services in Warwickshire can be found at: www.sexualhealthwarwickshire.nhs.uk

All services are completely free and confidential, including for under 16s. Services offered include clinic based appointments and drop in, outreach services out in the community and fully comprehensive HIV care.

Services include:
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing
  • Chlamydia testing
  • Contraception (pills, implants, coils etc.)
  • Emergency contraception
  • Free condoms
  • Pregnancy testing
  • HIV care
  • Psychosexual counselling
  • General sexual health advice
Clinics

Integrated Sexual Health offer both drop-in and booked appointments.

Follow link for information about appointments and clinics

Booked appointments last 2-3 hours depending on the type of appointment.

Drop-in appointments last 1-3 hours depending on clinic demand.

Fast Track Clinic offers booked and drop in appointments for patients with no symptoms or concerns, but provides no examination – a self-taken swab/urine sample is completed for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea, and blood tests are completed for HIV and Syphillis.

Please note: waiting time can vary between 30 minutes to 2 hours. If patients do not wish to have a blood test, they can complete a ‘Drop Off’ Fast Track and complete a self-taken swab/urine sample for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea only but will not see a clinician.

Clinic availability

Monday to Friday

  • Sexual Health: Booked appointments and drop-in clinics
  • Contraception: Booked appointments and drop-in clinics
  • Fast track screening/peace of mind screen: For patients with no symptoms

Saturday

  • Contraception: Booked appointments and drop-in clinic
  • Fast track screening/peace of mind screen: For patients with no symptoms and for those who require sexual health advice

Please note: The Saturday drop-in clinic is for patients with no symptoms and / or contraception only. The last booked appointment will be 40 minutes before the end of clinic. For urgent symptoms* self-refer to the Walk-In Clinic. If you are concerned you have come into contact with HIV, please visit A&E out of hours.

(*Urgent symptoms include: acute abdominal pain, testicular pain, genital sores or blisters.)

Sunday

Please note: the Sunday service is available on the 2nd floor of City of Coventry Health Centre. It is available on alternate Sundays, for booked contraception appointments only.

Drop-in Clinic Times

Please note: this is a triaged service based on need and patients may not be seen the same day. Under 16s can attend clinics without parental consent but speaking with a parent is advised before attending. 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8.30am -11.00am 8.30am – 11.00am 8.30am  -11.00am 8.30am – 11.00am 8.30am – 11.00am 10.00am – 3.00pm
1.30pm – 3.30pm 12.30pm – 2.30pm 1.00pm – 3.00pm 1.30pm – 3.30pm 12.30pm – 2.30pm
4.00pm – 6.00pm
Booked Appointment Times

Please note: some services may be limited at evening and weekends.

 
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9.00am – 11.30am 9.00am – 11.30am 9.00am – 11.30am 9.00am – 11.30am 9.00am – 11.30am 10.00am – 3.00pm 10.00am – 3.00pm
1.30pm – 4.00pm 12.30pm – 3.00pm 1.00pm – 3.30pm 1.30pm – 4.00pm 12.30pm – 3.00pm
5.00pm – 7.30pm 4.00pm – 6.30pm 4.00pm – 5.30pm 5.00pm – 7.30pm
On-Line Appointment Booking

Patients can book an appointment on-line for STI testing and / or contraception services.

The patient creates a personal registered account with ISH that allows direct booking.

Online booking is not appropriate for urgent situations.

Please follow link to see Online Booking Help Document

To ensure booking the correct appointment, please answer the question below:

1) Do you need emergency contraception or the morning after pill?

YES: Call 0300 020 0027. You can also attend an ASC Pharmacy – follow link.

NO: see next question.

2) Have you been sexually assaulted?

YES: There are a range of services that can help you. If you are not sure what to do then contact the Blue Sky Centre.

NO: Please answer the next question.

3) Are you concerned that you have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours?

YES:  Call  0300 020 0027. Out of hours please attend local accident and emergency service.

NO: Book an appointment in clinic.

Be Savvy

Informative website giving advice about relationships, sex, drugs and alcohol.

For young people and their parents follow link

Chlamydia Testing

Free and confidential Chlamydia screening and treatment is available for under 25’s in Coventry.

Special arrangements for people aged 15 to 24 years with a Coventry post code are available click here or phone 03000 200 001. For more information, visit the Be Savvy website.

A postal kit can be ordered via Free Test Me.

Chlamydia testing and C Card services are also available through:

  • School Nursing services
  • GP surgeries
  • Designated parmacies
Condoms

The C-card offers free condoms and chlamydia screening for anyone in Coventry age 13 to 25.

For information and to register for a card click here or tel 024 7683 3229

HIV/AIDS

Terence Higgins Trust (Midlands) 10 Manor Road, Coventry CV1 2LH. Tel 024 7622 9292.

The Terence Higgins Trust also runs a support service in Coventry for male and female sex workers.

HIV/AIDS information and help-line Terence Higgins Trust click here

Rape & Sexual Abuse

Important: Sexual Assault Advice

Sexual assault can be a frightening and distressing experience.

There are various services that can offer you help, and you may already have been seen by another organisation such as: Blue Sky Centre (Sexual Assault Referral Centre), Coventry Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (CRASAC) or the Police.

You may be at risk of a sexually transmitted infection or pregnancy following your assault and it is recommended that you seek medical advice as soon as possible, irrespective of whether you want to report the rape or not.

Our Integrated Sexual Health service based at the City of Coventry Health Centre is a free, confidential and friendly service. You can see us directly, without being referred from another organisation.

We can offer you medical care (screening and treatment) for sexually transmitted infections; emergency contraception; post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV; Hepatitis B vaccination; and also help you get the support and referral to other organisations you may need, such as CRASAC for emotional support, or the Blue Sky Centre.

What will happen when you come and see us

When you call, or drop in to see us we will:

  • Offer you a confidential and friendly service;
  • Treat you with respect;
  • Not judge you;
  • Support you in making choices about your sexual health;
  • Offer a suitable appointment as soon as possible;
  • Offer you an experienced health professional with a choice of gender, where possible (please let us know when you contact us if you have any gender preference).

On arrival

Please report to Reception, where we will register you. You will then be offered the opportunity to wait in a quiet room or in the main waiting area. The doctor or nurse will then call you and take you into a consultation room.

Please allow two hours for your visit to our clinic. You may wish to bring your friend, family member or representative from other services you may have attended.

Any decisions surrounding your care will be made with you.

Your consultation

Your consultation may involve asking sensitive and personal questions, including details of the assault, in order to provide appropriate care. We understand that it can be emotional and distressing to answer some of the questions so please let the clinician know if you do not want to answer them.

Examination

The clinician will explain the nature of an examination (an examination may not always be needed) and tests. Tests and examinations will always be done with your consent.

For women: this may consist of examination of your genital area (it may include speculum examination, like when you have a smear), back passage, throat and other parts of the body as appropriate. Tests are done using swabs to look for any infections.

For men: this may consist of examination of the penis, scrotum, rectum (back passage), throat and other parts of the body as appropriate. The examination and tests are not painful but you may experience some discomfort.

Tests

The tests carried out are no different to a routine sexual health screen, except we may need to take an additional Chlamydia swab in line with national guidelines.

Test that may be carried out are:

  • Blood tests for HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
  • Swab tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Trichomonas Vaginalis, Candida and Bacterial Vaginosis.
  • Other tests may be required, and the clinician will explain them to you.

The clinician will discuss with you any treatment needed. for example, post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV; a Hepatitis B vaccination; emergency contraception follow-up; and whether you need any help or referral to other organisations.

If we have requested any preliminary test results you will be asked to go back to the waiting area or room for a short while and will be called back into the consultation room to discuss the results.

We will inform you how we will communicate with you regarding the results of the tests you have undergone, this is usually by a text message.

Your follow-up plan

We may need to see you again, and the clinician will discuss with you the follow up arrangements.

A follow up visit usually occurs two weeks after your first consultation. This is to repeat some of the tests,if the initial tests were done within two weeks of your assault.

Blood tests may need repeating one to three months after your assault.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask the clinician who saw you, they will be happy to help.

Useful contacts:

Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC). www.crasac.org.uk Tel: 024 7627 7777

Blue Sky Centre:  Sexual Assault and Referral Centre for women, men and children. www.blueskycentre.org.uk Tel: 024 7686 5505

Safe lives: Support for people who have experienced domestic violence. www.safelives.org.uk Tel: 020 7922 7891

Survivors UK: Support for men who have been abused. www.survivors.org

Rape Crisis: Support for women and girls who have been abused. www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Respond: Support for children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma. www.respond.org.uk Tel: 0808 080700

West Midlands Paediatric Sexual Assault Service: One stop service for victims up to age 17 who have been sexually assaulted www.wmrsasc.org.uk/

  • Tel: 0800 953 4133 for self-referrals
  • Tel: 0800 953 4131 for referrals from professionals or agencies

Police tel 999 (emergency) or 101 (non-emergency).

Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC): tel 024 7627 7777 click here (victims can remove the site from their browser history)

Nuneaton Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Blue Sky Centre, George Eliot Hospital)  tel 024 7686 5505 click here

Lost IUD/IUS threads

Attached is the patient pathway for management of absent IUD/IUS threads.  If threads are absent, we recommend that the patient is re-examined approximately 1-2 weeks later, before referral to Ultrasound / DUC (Diagnostic Ultrasound Coventry at Holbrooks) to confirm positioning.

Once the USS confirms position in utero, you may refer to CAS (menorrhagia management) via ‘Choose and Book’ or Integrated Sexual Health Service (contraception) on 0300 020 0027.

Referral pathway for IUD/IUS threads

Sex Workers

As well as its work on HIV/AIDS, the Terence Higgins Trust runs a support service in Coventry for male and female sex workers. Main office in Birmingham 0121 694 6440. HIV/AIDS information and help-line Terence Higgins Trust (Midlands) 10 Manor Road, Coventry CV1 2LH. Tel 024 7622 9292.

Unplanned pregnancies & terminations

Please click for information on termination of pregnancy (BPAS)

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