Sexual Health Services at UMC

Sexual Health Services at UMC

At the University Medical Centre we feel that it is vital that we are able to offer a robust Sexual Health Service, particularly being located on a University Campus. We offer a Three-Tier Sexual Health Service.  The three tiers are; Chlamydia Screening, Express Clinic and Mercury Clinic.

We advise that before making an appointment you read the service descriptions below and ask for the one that most suits your needs.

Chlamydia Screening

If you are 18-24 and would like a routine Chlamydia check then please drop into the surgery anytime Mon-Fri 8.00am-6.30pm. The test is quick and easy; a self-taken swab for females and a urine sample for males. You don’t need to make a specific appointment for this service, just pop into reception and ask one of our receptionists for your Chlamydia Kit. Your test results will be sent directly to your mobile phone via a discreet text message.

Service times: Mon – Fri: 8am -6.30pm – no appointment needed (Tuesday and Thursday until 8.30pm too during term times)

Express Clinic

If you have no symptoms, no signs of infection, no concerns or no specific worries but would like to have a full STI screening then please make an appointment in our Express Clinic.  This will be a 15 minute appointment with one of our HCAs (Health Care Assistants) or Practice Nurses who will complete a quick questionnaire with you, ask you to do a self-taken swab or urine sample to check for Chlamydia and then take a blood test for HIV & Syphilis. Results are available by telephoning the Medical Centre one week after your appointment (after 10am daily).

Express Clinic times:  Mon – Fri: 8am – 6.30pm – appointment required – Tel: 01227 469333.

Please note this service is not appropriate for men who have sex with men as they may require further specialist testing and advice.  These patients should make an appointment with the Mercury Clinic.

Mercury Clinic

If you have any symptoms, signs of infection, sexual health related worry or concern, think you have a Sexually Transmitted Infection or have had sexual contact with somebody who has a confirmed or suspected Sexually Transmitted Infection then please make an appointment with the Mercury Clinic.  This service offers an appointment with a Specialist Sexual Health nurse. At the appointment a full sexual history will be taken and if appropriate you may have a full sexual health examination. During this appointment you will have tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, HIV and any other specialist test you may require. This clinic is for anybody of any age with a sexual health related concern. You will have the opportunity to ask any worrying questions and have discussions with the specialist nurse.  Results will be available within one week of your appointment and the specialist nurse will contact you with these results.  Please telephone the main GUM Services Number of 0300 790 0245

Mercury Clinic times (during University term-time only):

Tuesday  12.30hrs – 19:00hrs  appointment required  Tel: 0300 790 0245

Wednesday  12.00hrs – 15.30hrs  appointment required  Tel: 0300 790 0245

Services Offered at the Gate Clinic (Kent & Canterbury Hosital)

If you require a Mercury Clinic appointment outside of University Term Time or on a day that we do not offer the service then the above telephone number receptionist will direct you appropriately.  The Gate Clinic, based at the local Kent & Canterbury Hospital offers:

Monday 9am to 4pm Walk in and wait
Tuesday 9am to 4pm Walk in and wait
Wednesday 9am to 4pm Walk in and wait
Thursday 1.30pm to 4pm Appointments Only
Friday 9am to 4pm Walk in and wait

HIV Clinic – 1st & 3rd Monday – 9am – 12pm   and Thursdays 12.30pm to 7pm and can be contacted on the 0300 number as stated above.