Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust Sexual Health services provide expert care on all areas of sexual health, HIV care and contraception with a professional, non-judgemental approach across West Kent, including at Maidstone, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks.
Anyone can self-refer to our confidential service for advice, tests and treatment. We welcome people of all race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion and age. Young people can attend our clinics any day of the week.
A service that’s easy to access…
We offer most patients the opportunity to be seen within 48 hours. This is either by attending a walk-in clinic or, whenever possible, booking an appointment. We also provide information and advice over the phone during our opening hours.
What we offer…
- Appointment clinics for all our services – call us if you need any advice or wish to make an appointment
- Drop-in clinics for people under 25 years (young person clinics) providing sexual health testing and contraceptive services, including emergency contraception and free condoms. No appointments necessary, just turn up if you would like to speak to someone
- Walk in and wait services for those with urgent problems, including STI testing, emergency contraception and HIV post exposure prophylaxis. You can just turn up when the clinic is open and wait to be seen. At busy times you may have to wait a little, but we will see you
- Outreach clinics for young people offering sexual health advice, free condoms, STI screening and contraception in Tonbridge, Edenbridge, Parkwood and Snodland
- Term time clinics for young people offering sexual health advice, free condoms, STI screening and contraception in a variety of school and other educational settings
- HIV care services are available at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells hopsitals. Our main outpatient services are at Maidstone Hospital, but blood tests, STI screening, vaccination and collection of medication is also available at Tunbridge Wells Hospital. We have a dedicated pharmacist, HIV clinical nurse specialist and offer homecare delivery of medication for all patients established on treatment for at least 6 months
- FREE testing, advice and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
- Chlamydia screening
- C-card registration and free condoms
- All types of contraception including all types of emergency contraception
- HIV testing including rapid HIV testing
- Blood tests for Hepatitis B and C
- Hepatitis B vaccinations for those who have, or will be at risk
- Sexual assault aftercare for people who have been sexually assaulted
- PEPSE (Post Exposure Prophylaxis following Sexual Exposure to HIV)
- HIV care and treatment
- Specialised clinics including complex contraception, recurrent genital infection clinic, genital skin problem clinic, and the Men’s Room Clinic -a service specifically for men who have sex with men
- Telephone advice for public and professionals
Here to listen, not to tell…
We provide a confidential service to all of our patients including young people under 16. This means you can talk to us about any problem and we will listen. You can tell others about your visit, but we won’t. Sometimes we might have to consider passing on confidential information without your permission to protect you, or someone else from very serious harm. This is not something we would do unless we were very worried about you and we would always try and discuss our concerns with you first.
We sometimes suggest that we inform your GP of ongoing treatment or conditions. We would only write to your GP with your agreement. If you have any questions about confidentiality please feel free to contact us or discuss it with us when you come to one of our clinics.
For advice on STIs, contraception and HIV, or to book an appointment contact us on on our dedicated, centralised number 01622 225713.
- You will be offered an appointment within 48 hours of contacting the clinic
- You will be asked a few questions to determine who it is best for you to see. We have a range of doctors and nurses who can help you
Testing for sexual infections should be done 2 weeks after an episode of unprotected sex in those without symptoms. In anyone with symptoms testing should be done immediately to avoid any delay in diagnosing a sexual infection.
- You may be asked to ‘hold your urine’ for one hour prior to your appointment time to ensure high diagnostic accuracy of the genital tests taken
- You will be given a unique GUM Clinic Number when you attend and this will remain your number for any future visits. If you have been before but cannot remember your number the reception team will still be able to help you