11th MARCH 2020: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ADVICE FOR PATIENTS ATTENDING SWINDON SEXUAL HEALTH

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we ask all our patients to follow this advice before attending our service.

1. If you have symptoms suggestive of a respiratory tract infection (cough, fever, shortness of breath), or think you may have come into contact with coronavirus, please stay at home and do not attend our service.  Further advice on what to do next is available via NHS111 online here.

2. If you are attending our service for sexual healthcare please consider whether you need to be seen urgently, or whether your visit could be postponed.  This is to reduce the number of patients sharing our waiting areas.  Screening for sexually transmitted infections and testing for STIs can be performed using a home test kit, ordered online via https://gwh-dl.sh.uk.

HPV vaccination is not urgent and can be postponed.

3. If you are HIV positive and worried about your risk of coronavirus there is currently no evidence that people living with HIV are at any greater risk of either getting coronavirus, or becoming unwell due to coronavirus, than the general public.  We do not recommend that you should attend for additional blood tests to check your CD4 count.  We do recommend that you follow current NHS guidance about how best to protect yourselves and others from coronavirus, available here.

If your appointment is coming up soon we may contact you before to offer you a telephone consultation instead of coming into clinic.

We will continue to update this advice if public health guidance changes.

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