Sexual Health Services in South Staffordshire


Sexual health services in Staffordshire are provided by Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. See a basic overview of the services offered below, or find more information at openclinic.org.uk

Covid-19 and Sexual Health Clinic Update:

SH:24 Online Testing

SH:24 self-testing kits which can be ordered online. The kits can test for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV, and tests are recommended for the service user based on a questionnaire they fill in.

Usually, testing is only available to asymptomatic patients, however, due to COVID-19 clinic changes, testing is now available to most symptomatic patients, with some exceptions for those with acute symptoms.

Testing is only available to people over 16.

Under 16s should call the sexual health team on 0300 124 5022 for advice.

SH:24 testing kits can be ordered at www.sh24.org.uk

 

Sexual Health Clinics

We are running a limited appointment-only service by telephone until further notice. This is a precautionary measure due to Coronavirus.

Please call the relevant number below if you have a sexual health query:

  • Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire – 0300 7900 165
  • South Staffordshire – 0300 124 5022
  • Shropshire – 0300 123 0994
  • Telford & Wrekin – 0300 123 0994

Phone lines may be busier than usual due to high demand for our services.

Some key points about clinics during this time include:

  • Telephone consultations can be offered for contraception and STI enquiries
  • POP may be prescribed as a contraceptive for those who meet the criteria
  • LARC use (Implants/IUCs) may be extended, following FRSH guidance
  • In urgent cases (people with acute symptoms), service users may be seen in clinic, but will need to make contact via telephone in the first instance

Service users should call 0300 7900 165 for information and advice.

 

C-Card

The C-Card programme offers free condoms in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire and is run by the Sexual Health Prevention Team. We are not currently accepting new sign-ups to the C-Card scheme during COVID-19 service limitations.

If your pharmacy is signed up as a registration or distribution point, and you require more C-Cards or C-Card condom packs, please email SexualHealthOrders@mpft.nhs.uk and we will send some. Orders may take longer than usual due to limited numbers of staff in offices.

If you are not signed up to the C-Card scheme, but require free condom packs to give out at your pharmacy, please get in touch with us at SexualHealthOrders@mpft.nhs.uk and we will arrange for some condoms to be sent.

 

Sexual Health Services – see the information from the sexual health team this is information from before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Integrated Sexual Health Service provides a range of sexual health services for people living in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

Services provided in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire include:

Sexual Health Clinics

Sexual health clinics are available in Burton on Trent (Branston), Cannock, Tamworth and Stafford. At these clinics, people can access contraception, STI testing, EHC and information and advice on sexual health (services vary by clinic). Some clinics are only available to people under 25.

Visit openclinic.org.uk/clinics/ for South Staffordshire Clinics opening times and locations.

Contraception

Free contraception is available at CASH clinics in Burton on Trent (Branston), Cannock, Tamworth and Stafford. Contraception options that the sexual health service offer are:

 

For contraceptive procedures (for the implant/coil), service users will need a consultation first. An appointment will then be booked for the procedure.

 More information, including clinic opening times can be found on the MPFT website.

 

GUM services

Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) is a confidential service which deals with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV.

A full range of tests for STIs, treatment and care are all available free of charge to anyone who feels they need these services.

If someone has symptoms, they must attend the sexual health clinic at Cobridge Community Health Centre, but if no symptoms are present, a full sexual health check-up can be provided at the clinics in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Blurton, Shelton and Meir.

More information, including clinic opening times can be found on the MPFT website.

 

SH:24 Online Testing

SH:24 self-testing kits which can be ordered online, are now available in Staffordshire. The kits can test for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV, and tests are recommended for the service user based on a questionnaire they fill in.

Testing is only available to people over 16. Under 16s should call the sexual health team on 0300 7900 165 for advice.

SH:24 testing kits can be ordered at www.sh24.org.uk

 

Psychosexual service

The Psychosexual Clinic provides help, support and advice for individuals and couples in South Staffordshire with sexual problems, including difficulties in getting or keeping an erection, ejaculation problems, arousal problems, painful sex (dyspareunia, vaginismus, vulvodynia), lack or loss of sexual desire, sexual phobia or anxiety and more.  The clinics are located in Stafford and Tamworth

At the clinic, the service user will be seen by a doctor or therapist with a special interest and further training in the management of sexual problems. Depending on the nature of the problem, a medical examination, tests, counselling and/or medical treatments may be offered.

Find out more about this service on the MPFT website.

 

C-Card programme

The C-Card programme is a scheme led by the Sexual Health Prevention Team which people aged 13 and over with quick and easy access to free condoms and lube in a number of venues, including pharmacies, GPs and educational and community venues.

This service is available to people living in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

For more information on the C-Card programme, please contact the Sexual Health Prevention team on 0300 124 5022 or SexualHealthComms@mpft.nhs.uk or find information on the MPFT website.

The C-Card is a plastic card that gives people quick and easy access to free condoms and lube.  Pharmacies can sign up as a registration or distribution venue for the C-Card condom distribution scheme.

C-Card programme pharmacy info

C-Card Distribution Form 2020

C-Card Reg Form 2020

C-Card Reminder sheet

 

 

Contact the sexual health team

 

Clinic line: 0300 124 5022

Email: SexualHealthComms@mpft.nhs.uk

 

Find out more about sexual health services in South Staffordshire, at https://www.mpft.nhs.uk/services/sexual-health/south-staffordshire