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Routine Tests

MEN

We advise men not to pass urine for 1 hour prior to attending the centre

WOMEN

  

TESTS FOR HETEROSEXUAL MEN

Duration

If you have booked a specific appointment for a check up you should allow approximately an hour from the time of registration to receipt of your results. Attending one of our walk-in services may require a longer wait at busy times.

Registration

Upon arrival you will be greeted by one of our receptionists who will ask for a few essential details.

  • Your name
  • Date of birth
  • Postcode. Full address if you are comfortable giving it.
  • Your GP’s details, if you are comfortable giving them.
  • Mobile phone number – as we need a reliable way to get hold of you to provide results.  We will send text messages to the mobile number provided for appointment reminders, test results and other messages associated with your care. If you would  prefer not to receive text messages please let the receptionist know.

You will then be asked to take a seat in our waiting room.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is key to the Wolverton. Your notes are kept within the clinic and are not accessible on the main NHS database. All tests are sent to the laboratory with a number identifier only.  No information will be given to anyone outside of this department without your consent.

Who will you see

You will be called using your first name by either a specialist nurse or a doctor.  During your consultation with them you will be asked the reason for your visit including any worries or concerns you may have.

Examination

After your discussion the doctor or nurse will normally examine you.  This will comprise of a genital and testicular examination.  We offer a same sex doctor or a chaperone should you request this.

Tests

If there is a discharge a swab will be taken.  A blood test will also be taken as part of the standard screening process. For most men we only need to do a urine test along with the blood test. If you are feeling nervous about giving blood tell your specialist nurse or doctor. They will do everything they can to make giving a blood sample less uncomfortable for you.  It is important that you do not pass urine for at least two hours prior to your visit.

The screening involves testing for the following:

In addition to these tests the following may be offered:

Results

The doctor or nurse will give you some preliminary results from your tests at the end of your visit. If you receive the all-clear your final test results including your HIV test result will be sent to you by discrete text message on a pre-arranged day usually 4 working days after your visit.  If you prefer a telephone or follow-up appointment may be booked at the time of your visit so that you can collect your results in person.  If there is anything wrong with any of your tests, whether a positive diagnosis or a repeat test required a nurse will contact you directly on the mobile phone number you have provided.

Treatment

All treatments for infections are free of charge and given to you directly from the clinic on the day of your visit.

Follow up

Sometimes you will need to come back to the clinic for further treatment, testing or a referral to one of our consultants in their specialist clinic.

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TESTS FOR YOUNG MEN (18 years and under)

All young men can attend any of the routine walk-in or appointment sexual health clinics. 18 year olds and under can attend the special young person’s clinic on a Tuesday between 4pm and 6pm, (The Point). Young gay/bisexual men can also attend The K2 clinic on Wednesday evenings (link).

Duration

You should allow an hour from registration to receipt of your results.

Registration

Upon arrival you will be greeted by one of our receptionists who will ask for a few essential details

  • Your name
  • Date of birth
  • Postcode. Full address if you are comfortable giving it.
  • Your GP’s details, if  you are comfortable giving them.
  • Mobile phone number – as we need a reliable way to get hold of you to provide results.  We will send text messages to the mobile number provided for appointment reminders, test results and other messages associated with your care. If you would  prefer not to receive text messages please let the receptionist know.

You will then be asked to take a seat in our waiting room.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is key to the Wolverton.  Your notes are kept within the clinic and are not accessible on the main NHS database. All tests are sent to the laboratory with a number identifier only.  No information will be given to anyone outside of this department without your consent.

Who will you see

You will be called using your first name by either a specialist nurse or a doctor.  During your consultation with them you will be asked the reason for your visit including any worries or concerns you may have.

Examination

After your discussion the doctor or nurse will normally examine you.  We offer a same sex doctor or a chaperone should you request this.  This will include a genital and testicular examination.

Tests

If there is a discharge a swab will be taken.  A blood test will also be taken as part of the standard screening process. If you are feeling nervous about giving blood tell your specialist nurse or doctor. They will do everything they can to make giving a blood sample less uncomfortable for you. For most men we only need to do a urine test along with the blood test.  It is for this reason that it is important that you do not pass urine for at least two hours prior to your visit.

The screening involves testing for the following:

In addition to these tests the following may be offered:

Results

The doctor or nurse will give you some preliminary results from your tests at the end of your visit. If you receive the all clear your final test results including your HIV test result will be sent to you by discrete text message on a pre-arranged day usually 4 working days after your visit.  If you prefer a telephone or follow-up appointment may be booked at the time of your visit so that you can collect your results in person.  If there is anything wrong with any of your tests, whether a positive diagnosis or a repeat test required a nurse will contact you directly on the mobile phone number you have provided.

Treatment

All treatments for infections are free of charge and given to you directly from the clinic on the day of your visit.

Follow up

Sometimes you will need to come back to the clinic for further treatment or testing or a referral to one of our consultants in their specialist clinic.

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TESTS FOR GAY/BISEXUAL MEN

Duration

You should allow an hour for your visit from registration to receipt of your results.

Registration

Upon arrival you will be greeted by one of our receptionists who will ask for a few essential details

  • Your name
  • Date of birth
  • Postcode. Full address if you are comfortable giving it.
  • Your GP’s details, if you are comfortable giving them.
  • Mobile phone number – as we need a reliable way to get hold of you to provide results.  We will send text messages to the mobile number provided for appointment reminders, test results and other messages associated with your care. If you would  prefer not to receive text messages please let the receptionist know.

You will then be asked to take a seat in our waiting room.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is key to the Wolverton. Your notes are kept within the clinic and are not accessible on the main NHS database. All tests are sent to the laboratory with a number identifier only.  No information will be given to anyone outside of this department without your consent.

Who will you see

You will be called using your first name by either a specialist nurse or a doctor.  During your consultation with them you will be asked the reason for your visit including any worries or concerns you may have.

Examination

The consultation will then involve an examination by the same specialist nurse or doctor. This will comprise a genital and testicular examination.  We offer a same sex doctor or a chaperone should you request this.   

Tests

Routinely a swab test is taken from the tip of your penis and usually also from the throat and rectum.  A blood test will also be taken.   If you are feeling nervous about giving blood tell your specialist nurse or doctor. They will do everything they can to make giving a blood sample less uncomfortable for you. It is important that you do not pass urine for at least two hours prior to your visit.

The screening involves testing for the following:

In addition to these tests

  • Hepatitis A & B vaccination will be offered.
  • Genital herpes tests may be performed if you have an ulcer present.

Results

The doctor or nurse will give you some preliminary results from your tests at the end of your visit. If you receive the all-clear your final test results including your HIV test result will be sent to you by discrete text message on a pre-arranged day usually 4 working days after your visit.  If you prefer a telephone or follow-up appointment may be booked at the time of your visit so that you can collect your results in person.  If there is anything wrong with any of your tests, whether a positive diagnosis or a repeat test required a nurse will contact you directly on the mobile phone number you have provided.

Treatment

All treatments for infections are free of charge and given to you directly from the clinic during your visit.

Follow up

Sometimes you will need to come back to the clinic for further treatment, testing or a referral to one of our consultants in their specialist clinic.

 

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TESTS FOR WOMEN

Duration

If you have booked a specific appointment for a check up you should allow one hour from registration to receipt of your results. Attending one of our walk-in services may require a longer wait at busy times.

Registration

Upon arrival you will be greeted by one of our receptionists who will ask for a few essential details

    • Your name
    • Date of birth
    • Postcode. Full address if you are comfortable giving it.
    • Your GP’s details, if you are comfortable giving them.
    • Mobile phone number – as we need a reliable way to get hold of you to provide results.  We will send text messages to the mobile number provided for appointment reminders, test results and other messages associated with your care. If you would  prefer not to receive text messages please let the receptionist know.

You will then be asked to take a seat in our waiting room.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is key to the Wolverton. Your notes are kept within the clinic and are not accessible on the main NHS database. All tests are sent to the laboratory with a number identifier only.  No information will be given to anyone outside of this department without your consent.

Who will you see

You will be called using your first name by either a specialist nurse or a doctor.  During your consultation with them you will be asked the reason for your visit including any worries or concerns you may have.

Examination

You will be examined either by the doctor or specialist nurse.  This will normally involve an internal examination using a speculum (as for a smear test).  If you have never had a vaginal examination before or have any questions about any of the tests please ask so that we can explain in more detail. We offer a female doctor/nurse if you prefer.  A nurse will be available to support you during your examination should you so you wish.

Tests

Swabs will be taken from the inside of the vagina and cervix (neck of womb).  A blood test will also be taken. If you are feeling nervous about giving blood tell your specialist nurse or doctor. They will do everything they can to make giving a blood sample less uncomfortable for you.

The screening involves testing for the following:

In addition to these tests further tests may be offered:

  • Hepatitis screening,  (with vaccination if appropriate)
  • Genital herpes tests if you have an ulcer present
  • Pregnancy testing.

Results

The doctor or nurse will give you some preliminary results from your tests at the end of your visit. If you receive the all-clear your final test results including your HIV test result will be sent to you by discrete text message on a pre-arranged day usually 4 working days after your visit.  If you prefer a telephone or follow-up appointment may be booked at the time of your visit so that you can collect your results in person.  If there is anything wrong with any of your tests, whether a positive diagnosis or a repeat test required a nurse will contact you directly on the mobile phone number you have provided.

Treatment

All treatments for infections are free of charge and given to you directly from the clinic on the day of your visit.

Follow up

Sometimes you will need to come back to the clinic for further treatment or testing or a referral to one of our consultants in their specialist clinic.

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TESTS FOR YOUNG WOMEN (18 years and under)

Young Women

Young women can attend the routine walk-in and appointment sexual health clinics.  18 year olds and under may choose to attend the special young person’s clinic (The Point) on a Tuesday evening 4pm to 6pm which has the advantage of providing both contraception and an STI screening services.

Duration

Depending upon your needs the visit may last from half an hour to an hour and a half.

Registration

Upon arrival you will be greeted by one of our receptionists who will ask for a few essential details

  • Your name
  • Date of birth
  • Postcode. Full address if you are comfortable giving it.
  • Your GP’s details, if you are comfortable giving them.
  • Mobile phone number – as we need a reliable way to get hold of you to provide results.  We will send text messages to the mobile number provided for appointment reminders, test results and other messages associated with your care. If you would  prefer not to receive text messages please let the receptionist know.

You will then be asked to take a seat in our waiting room.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is key to the Wolverton.  Your notes are kept within the clinic and are not accessible on the main NHS database. All tests are sent to the laboratory with a number identifier only.  No information will be given to anyone outside of this department without your consent.

Who will you see

You will be called using your first name by either a specialist nurse or a doctor.  During your consultation with them you will be asked the reason for your visit including any worries or concerns you may have – which may be related to infections, contraception or risk of pregnancy or any other concerns you may have.

Examination

All young women will be routinely offered an STI screen as part of their visit.  Women having a screen will be examined either by a female doctor or a female specialist nurse. Screening will normally involve an internal examination using a speculum (as for a smear test).  If you have never had a vaginal examination before or have any questions about any of the tests please ask so that we can explain in more detail. For teenage girls not wanting an internal examination we can offer self-swabbing or a urine test.

Tests

For women having an STI screen swabs will be taken from the inside of the vagina and cervix (neck of womb).  A blood test will also be taken. If you are feeling nervous about giving blood tell your specialist nurse or doctor. They will do everything they can to make giving a blood sample less uncomfortable for you.

The screening involves testing for the following:

In addition to these tests further tests may be offered:

  • Hepatitis screening,  (with vaccination if appropriate)
  • Genital herpes tests if you have an ulcer present
  • Pregnancy testing.

Results

The doctor or nurse will give you some preliminary results from your tests at the end of your visit. If you receive the all clear your final test results including your HIV test result will be sent to you by discrete text message on a pre-arranged day usually 4 working days after your visit.  If you prefer a telephone or follow-up appointment may be booked at the time of your visit so that you can collect your results in person.  If there is anything wrong with any of your tests, whether a positive diagnosis or a repeat test required a nurse will contact you directly on the mobile phone number you have provided.

Treatment

All treatments for infections are free of charge and given to you directly from the clinic on the day of your visit.

Follow up

Sometimes you will need to come back to the clinic for further treatment or testing or a referral to one of our consultants in their specialist clinic.

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