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CONNECT service

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A relationships and sexual advice service for people of all ages with learning difficulties, autism and aspergers.

 

The Connect service offers:-

  • relationships advice and information
  • information and advice about having safe sex
  • testing and treatment for STIs (sexually transmitted infections)
  • HIV testing, advice and counselling
  • free condoms and full contraception services

View our Connect Clinic Poster to print and display

 

For more information regarding what the patient is to expect in the Connect Clinic please see our  Connect Kingston patient booklet

 

Where is Connect held?

At The Wolverton Centre, a stand alone building, next to A&E at Kingston Hospital, Galsworthy Road, Kingston, Surrey KT2 7QB.

 

Who can attend Connect?

People of all ages with learning difficulties can attend and are welcome to come by themselves or can bring someone with them for support if they prefer.

Parents, carers and professionals can also book appointments for themselves for advice and support.

 

When is Connect held?

Every Wednesday from 3pm.

No referral is required to attend this service.

 

How to book an appointment

You can book your own appointment or ask someone to do it for you

Ask for a ‘Connect Appointment’ by:-

Phone:    020 8934 3399 and speak to Sarah Freeman at The Wolverton Centre

Email:      khn-tr.wolvertoncentre@nhs.net

Please complete this referral form to refer a patient to the Connect Service:   Connect Booking External Enquiry Form

Some drop-in appointments are available during each Connect clinic – please telephone 020 8934 3399 to find out more.

 

Who works at Connect?                   

Health professionals from The Wolverton Centre at Kingston Hospital.​   All staff are approachable, non-judgemental and experienced at working with people with learning difficulties.

Sarah F – Nurse Richard – Nurse Marion – Doctor Souria – Doctor Louise – Technician Amanda – Technician

 

How do I get to the Connect clinic?

The Connect clinic is held at The Wolverton Centre at Kingston Hospital.  It is well served by public transport and we strongly recommend that patients and visitors use public transport to get to the hospital.  The hospital is very close to Norbiton Station and is served by good bus services into the surrounding areas.  A map of the hospital site is available here.

Getting to Kingston Hospital

Travelling by Car

We strongly recommend that patients and visitors use public transport to get to the hospital. The Trust is well served by both buses and trains.

If you wish to travel by car, please be aware that parking at the hospital site is very limited and you should allow yourself plenty of time to find a parking space. At busy times, there may be queues for spaces.

The camera-operated car parking system (ANPR) will record your car registration as soon as you enter and leave the hospital site. Please make sure if you have a blue badge that you have registered your car registration – details on how to do this are below.

Terms and conditions for usage of the car parks are displayed at the entrance to the public car parks.

Blue badge holders

All blue badge holders will need to register their car registration with the new system to ensure you do not get a ticket. This can be done by asking one of the staff in the clinic, ward, A&E or at main reception to register it for you, by calling 020 8934 2003 or emailing your vehicle registration, blue badge number and its expiry date to carparking@kingstonhospital.nhs.uk This can be done in advance or within 24 hours of parking on site. If you have received a Penalty Charge Notice and are a Blue Badge Holder please include the reference number of the fine in your e-mail so the Trust can resolve this for you. All blue badge holders can park in any visitor car parking space except staff parking areas.

There are a number of disabled parking spaces around the Hospital and 2 next to the Wolverton Centre.  See a map showing the location of the disabled bays (highlighted in blue)

 

Information and confidentiality

Information shared within Connect will be kept safe and private.  However, if a young person says something that suggests they are at serious risk of harm or danger, Connect staff may have to tell another adult in order to help.  In this situation, they would explain to the person who they would need to tell and why.

Support in between Connect clinics

If support or advice is needed between the monthly clinics there are other options.  These are:-

  • visit The Wolverton Centre for Sexual Health, Kingston Hospital, Galsworthy Road, Kingston, Surrey KT2 7QB  www.sexualhealthkingston.co.uk
  • speak to a Nurse at The Wolverton Centre  Tel no. 020 8974 9331
  • visit Hawks Road Clinic, Kingston  Tel no. 020 8546 1115
  • visit KU19 – Guildhall Kingston, Hook Centre, Chessington, YMCA Surbiton  Tel no. 020 8549 6323
  • www.gettingiton.org
  • visit your GP, family planning centre or local pharmacy
  • phone the NHS ‘111‘ service (24 hours)

 

It is very important to contact someone straight away if you or someone you know:

  • has any pain, discharge or abnormal bleeding
  • thinks they may be pregnant
  • has had unprotected sex in the last 72 hours

 

ruready_booklet     Register for a “Come Correct” card at the Connect clinic to pick up free condoms from many venue across London and Surrey and be shown how to use a condom.  www.comecorrect.org.uk

 

For more information about Connect and all of the services available at The Wolverton Centre phone:  020 8934 3399