FAQs

Yes! If you are aged between 16-24 you can get a Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea test online which will be delivered in discreet packaging to your home. You can also access a kit from your local GP, Pharmacy or Contraception Clinic. Go to our ‘Find a Service’ page and select ‘Chlaymdia test outlets’ and your postcode to find the nearest outlet to you.

If you have clear symptoms then you should visit the GUM Sexual Health Clinic at Beckenham Beacon. Click here to find directions

Hi, in Bromley we provide various types of emergency contraception. EHC is available for free from some pharmacies but depending on your situation you may be referred onto a Contraception Clinic. If you have any doubt about where to go you can:

After unprotected sexual contact you can have a test to check for any sexually transmitted infections or STIs. In order to make sure the test is accurate, you may be asked to repeat the test after a certain amount of time after the sexual contact. This time is also known as a “window period”. The window periods are different for different infections:

Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea – two weeks after sexual contact.

HIV – one month after sexual contact.

Syphilis and Hepatitis – three months after sexual contact.

Visit the STI section for more information

Many STIs have no symptoms at all. It’s important to get tested even if you have no noticeable symptoms as you may risk passing on infection or developing further problems.

Further information on STIs

Most of the time you will only be required to provide a urine sample or take your own swab. You may also have a blood test, which takes a small amount of blood from a vein in the arm.

Sometimes other tests may be required which may cause mild discomfort, but shouldn’t be painful. Some people may need a genital examination, which is performed by professional clinicians who will make the procedure as comfortable as possible.

Yes.

Most STIs can be transmitted orally, so you may need to do a throat swab if you have had oral sex with a partner. If you have an infection in your throat, you may be at risk of transmitting it if you go on to give someone oral sex.

Find out more about the risks of transmission from oral sex here.

Certain STIs can cause problems with reduced fertility if they are not treated for a long period of time. If left untreated, STIs can affect both men and women’s fertility.

However, the vast majority of cases lead to no long term health problems at all, so having an STI does not mean that you will not be able to conceive. If you think you may have an STI it’s best to get tested, the process is simple and totally confidential.

You can call us on 0300 330 5777 for advice, and our admin staff will help if they are able to. If your query is of a medical nature, they will forward your query and details to our nurses and they will do their best to answer your query. We also offer consultations for coils and implants over the phone.

If it is out of working hours, send us an email at bromh.sexualhealth@nhs.net

Yes. We’re an NHS provider so as long as you’re entitled to NHS services you won’t be charged.

If you need to cancel or re-arrange your appointment please let us know as soon as possible as we may be able to offer your slot to someone else.

You can call us on 0300 330 5777 or you can call the clinic directly during opening hours (the phone number for each individual clinic can be found here).

No, our contraception clinics do not offer this service. All women aged 25-64 who are registered with a GP practice should receive a letter inviting them to have this test as required.

Absolutely. We are here to help anyone of any age with their contraception and sexual health needs.

We offer services such as chlamydia screening and free condoms through the C-Card scheme which can be accessed by under 16s, and we also provide contraception to under 16s.

We run a number of free condom schemes in Bromley. Please click here to see if you are eligible.

You can come along to any of our walk-in clinics. We should be able to remove it on the day for you, but if this isn’t possible, we can book you an appointment at another clinic or with our doctor if needed.

In general, no. We are legally required to keep your personal information safe, and to not share this with anyone else.

However, in certain cases for example, if we’re worried about the well being of a patient, we may share details with other agencies to ensure people get the help they need.

No, you will need an appointment with one of our doctors to have a coil fitted. You will need a consultation before the coil can be fitted, and this can be done at a walk-in clinic or arranged over the phone by calling 0300 330 5777 or emailing bromh.sexualhealth@nhs.net

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