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Improved sexual health services for Canterbury students

User AvatarPosted by B B at 31/10/2012 11:12:32

Students in Canterbury now have even more access to sexual health services. University Medical Centre has signed up to a four month pilot to offer a range of services to students at the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church universities who are aged 18 to 24.

There are three different clinics available to students at the medical centre in Giles Lane:

The Express Clinic, which is available Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm, is for anyone without any signs or symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but would like to get tested. During the 15-minute appointment, students will be asked to complete a short questionnaire, complete a self-taken swab or urine sample to check for chlamydia and have a blood test for HIV and syphilis with a practice nurse. The results will be available one week later. This clinic is not suitable for men who have sex with men as they may need more specific testing and advice.

The Mercury Clinic is open Tuesdays, 9am to 5.30pm, and Thursdays, 1to 7pm, and is for anyone who thinks they have an STI, or has had contact with someone who has a confirmed or suspected STI. During the 30-minute appointment with a specialist sexual health nurse, students will be asked to share their full sexual history and will be tested for gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV and any other specialist tests that may be required. The results will be available in one week.

There is also a walk-in chlamydia screening service from Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. Anyone who is unable to visit the clinic during this time can request a home testing kit. The results will be sent direct to the student’s mobile phone.

Dr Alan Tollins, Specialist Doctor in GUM and Sexual Health at University Medical Centre, said: “We are pleased to have been given the opportunity to expand the provision of our student-focused sexual health service and hope that this bespoke service will be used by a greater number of students across the local area. 

“The service provides comprehensive sexual health screening and also assessment and treatment of symptomatic patients.”

Dr Mark Jones, Clinical Chairman of Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are delighted to be able to commission this service on behalf of our student residents.  We recognised that there was a very specific need to be addressed and feel that the University Medical Centre will offer an excellent student-focused sexual health service.”

Ruth Herron, Head of Sexual Services in Kent Community Health Trust added: “This is excellent news for students. We know that there are always significant benefits when we improve accessibility of services for testing and treating sexually transmitted infections. We are working in partnership with the University Medical Centre to ensure that students get the help and support they need from all of our sexual health services.”