Sexual Health

  • Testing, treatment and advice for people with Sexually Transmitted Infections; full contraception choices, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, HIV management, outreach provision.

  • Address: City of Coventry Health Centre, CV1 4FS

About this Service

Telephone number:   0300 020 0027
 

Our Integrated Sexual Health Service can help you with care and advice on sexuallyquickexit transmitted infections and contraception in Coventry. Information regarding sexual health services in Warwickshire can be found at: www.sexualhealthwarwickshire.nhs.uk

All services are completely free and confidential, including for under 16s. Services offered include clinic based appointments and drop in, outreach services out in the community and fully comprehensive HIV care.

Our services include: 

  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing
  • Chlamydia testing
  • Contraception (pills, implants, coils etc.)
  • Emergency contraception
  • Free condoms
  • Pregnancy testing
  • HIV care
  • Psychosexual counselling
  • General sexual health advice


Book an appointment

Please call 0300 020 0027 for an appointment. If you require sexual health testing please call between 9.00am-10.00am or 12.00pm-1.00pm, where your needs will be assessed and an appropriate appointment made. 

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Clinic Times

Types of Clinics we offer

We offer both drop-in and booked appointments.

Information about Booked Appointments and Open Clinics.pdf [pdf] 810KB

  • For booked appointments your time in clinic may vary between to 2-3 hours from the start time of your appointment, depending on the type of appointment.
  • For drop-in appointments your time in clinic can vary from 1-3 hours, depending on the fluctuating demands on this clinic.
  • Fast Track Clinic offers both booked and drop in appointments for patients with no symptoms or concerns.
  • Fast Track Clinic provides no examination - a self-taken swab/urine sample is completed for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea, and blood tests are completed for HIV and Syphillis.

Please note: depending on the fluctuating demands on this clinic your wait time can vary between 30 minutes to 2 hours. We will try to see you as quickly as possible and will keep you updated on the duration of your wait where possible. If you do not wish to have a blood test, you can complete a 'Drop Off' Fast Track, where you complete a self-taken swab/urine sample for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea only.  For the 'Drop Off' service you will be asked to complete and drop off your sample with reception.You will not see a clinician.


When clinics are offered

Monday to Friday

  • Sexual Health - Booked appointments and drop-in clinics
  • Contraception - Booked appointments and drop-in clinics
  • Fast track screening/peace of mind screen - For patients with no symptoms

Saturday

Please note: The Saturday drop-in clinic is for patients with no symptoms and/or contraception only.The last booked appointment will be 40 minutes before the end of clinic. If you have urgent symptoms*, please refer yourself to the Walk-In Clinic. If you are concerned you have come into contact with HIV, please visit A&E out of hours. *Urgent symptoms include: acute abdominal pain, testicular pain, genital sores or blisters.

  • Contraception - Booked appointments and drop-in clinic
  • Fast track screening/peace of mind screen - For patients with no symptoms and for those who require sexual health advice

Sunday

Please note: the Sunday service is available on the 2nd floor of City of Coventry Health Centre. It is available on alternate Sundays, for booked patients only.

 

Opening times of drop-in clinics

Please note: If you are attending the drop-in service during the advertised times, please be aware that this will be for an assessment of your need and the offer of an appropriate appointment, which may mean that you will not be seen on that day for treatment. Drop-in clinics run on a first come, first seen basis. At times of high demand you may experience a wait of up to 4 hours, and a clinic may close early due to high demand. Under 16s can attend clinics without parental consent but we advise speaking with a parent before attending. You may register for a weekday morning drop-in clinic from 8.00am.
 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
8.30am -11.00am 8.30am - 11.00am 8.30am  -11.00am 8.30am - 11.00am 8.30am - 11.00am 10.00am - 3.00pm
1.30pm - 3.30pm 12.30pm - 2.30pm 1.00pm - 3.00pm 1.30pm - 3.30pm 12.30pm - 2.30pm  
  4.00pm - 6.00pm        

 

Opening times of booked appointments

Please note: Some services may be limted on evening and weekend clinic appointments.

 
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9.00am - 11.30am 9.00am - 11.30am 9.00am - 11.30am 9.00am - 11.30am 9.00am - 11.30am 10.00am - 3.00pm 10.00am - 3.00pm
1.30pm - 4.00pm 12.30pm - 3.00pm 1.00pm - 3.30pm 1.30pm - 4.00pm 12.30pm - 3.00pm    
5.00pm - 7.30pm 4.00pm - 6.30pm 4.00pm - 5.30pm 5.00pm - 7.30pm      

 

Online Booking

Do you think you need an appointment urgently?

Please answer the following three questions:

1) Do you need emergency contraception or the morning after pill?

Yes - Please call us on 0300 020 0027. You can also attend an Asc Pharmacy.

No - Please answer the next question.
 

2) Have you been sexually assaulted?

Yes - There are a range of services that can help you. If you are not sure what to do then contact the Blue Sky Centre

No - Please answer the next question.
 

3) Are you concerned that you have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours?

Yes - Please call us on 0300 020 0027. Out of hours please attend your accident and emergency service.

No - Please click here to reserve your place on the Drop-In Clinic waiting list.

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What to do when you arrive

Once you arrive in clinic please let reception know that you have arrived and your needs will be then be assessed by a Nurse to make sure that you are then seen by the most appropriate clinician. Due to the fluctuating demands you may have to wait to be seen but we will see you as quickly as possible. We will keep you updated of the duration of your possible wait.

Your Information and Confidentiality

  • Absolute confidentiality is fundamental to our service.
  • Any information you give us via this site will be treated in the strictest confidence.
  • It's important that we give you the correct appointment and advise how quickly you should be seen.

Chlamydia Testing

Free and confidential Chlamydia screening and treatment is available for under 25's in Coventry. A postal kit can be ordered via free test me.

Chlamydia testing and C Card services are also available through:

  • School Nursing services
  • GP surgeries
  • Designated parmacies

For more information, visit the Be Savvy website.

Sexual Assault Advice

Sexual assault can be a frightening and distressing experience.

There are various services that can offer you help, and you may already have been seen by another organisation such as: Blue Sky Centre (Sexual Assault Referral Centre), Coventry Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (CRASAC) or the Police.

You may be at risk of a sexually transmitted infection or pregnancy following your assault and it is recommended that you seek medical advice as soon as possible, irrespective of whether you want to report the rape or not.

Our Integrated Sexual Health service based at the City of Coventry Health Centre is a free, confidential and friendly service. You can see us directly, without being referred from another organisation.

We can offer you medical care (screening and treatment) for sexually transmitted infections; emergency contraception; post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV; Hepatitis B vaccination; and also help you get the support and referral to other organisations you may need, such as CRASAC for emotional support, or the Blue Sky Centre.


What will happen when you come and see us

When you call, or drop in to see us we will:

• offer you a confidential and friendly service;

• treat you with respect;

• not judge you;

• support you in making choices about your sexual health;

• offer a suitable appointment as soon as possible;

• offer you an experienced health professional with a choice of gender, where possible (please let us know when you contact us if you have any gender preference).


On arrival

Please report to Reception, where we will register you. You will then be offered the opportunity to wait in a quiet room or in the main waiting area. The doctor or nurse will then call you and take you into a consultation room.

Please allow two hours for your visit to our clinic. You may wish to bring your friend, family member or representative from other services you may have attended.

Any decisions surrounding your care will be made with you.


Your consultation

Your consultation may involve asking sensitive and personal questions, including details of the assault, in order to provide appropriate care. We understand that it can be emotional and distressing to answer some of the questions so please let the clinician know if you do not want to answer them.


Examination

The clinician will explain the nature of an examination (an examination may not always be needed) and tests. Tests and examinations will always be done with your consent.

For women – This may consist of examination of your genital area (it may include speculum examination, like when you have a smear), back passage, throat and other parts of the body as appropriate. Tests are done using swabs to look for any infections.

For men – This may consist of examination of the penis, scrotum, rectum (back passage), throat and other parts of the body as appropriate. The examination and tests are not painful but you may experience some discomfort.


Tests

The tests carried out are no different to a routine sexual health screen, except we may need to take an additional Chlamydia swab in line with national guidelines. Test that may be carried out are:

• blood tests for HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C;

• swab tests for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Trichomonas Vaginalis, Candida and Bacterial Vaginosis.

Other tests may be required, and the clinician will explain them to you.

The clinician will discuss with you any treatment needed. for example, post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV; a Hepatitis B vaccination; emergency contraception follow-up; and whether you need any help or referral to other organisations.

If we have requested any preliminary test results you will be asked to go back to the waiting area or room for a short while and will be called back into the consultation room to discuss the results.

We will inform you how we will communicate with you regarding the results of the tests you have undergone, this is usually by a text message.


Your follow-up plan

We may need to see you again, and the clinician will discuss with you the follow up arrangements.

A follow up visit usually occurs two weeks after your first consultation. This is to repeat some of the tests,if the initial tests were done within two weeks of your assault.

Blood tests may need repeating one to three months after your assault.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask the clinician who saw you, they will be happy to help.

 

Useful contacts

CRASAC

(Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre)

www.crasac.org.uk

Tel: 024 7627 7777

Blue Sky Centre

A Sexual Assault and Referral Centre for women, men and children

www.blueskycentre.org.uk

Tel: 024 7686 5505

Safe lives

Support for people who have experienced domestic violence.

www.safelives.org.uk

Tel: 020 7922 7891

Survivors UK

Support for men who have been abused.

www.survivors.org

Rape Crisis

Support for women and girls who have been abused.

www.rapecrisis.org.uk

Respond

Support for children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma.

www.respond.org.uk

Tel: 0808 080700

West Midlands Paediatric Sexual Assault Service

One stop service for victims up to age 17 who have been sexually assaulted

Tel: 0800 953 4133 for self-referrals

Tel: 0800 953 4131 for referrals from professionals or agencies

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