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Sexual Health Services

We are aware that patients are calling our clinics and have been unable to get through on the telephone. We sincerely apologise for this inconvenience but are currently experiencing high levels of staff absence due to sickness which is affecting number of people available to answer calls.  Your understanding at this time is much appreciated.

Assessment form for replacement of existing coil

In order for us to offer the best and safest service and to ensure our appointments are used effectively, we are introducing an assessment form for our patients with existing coils which are due to be replaced.  The form is straightforward; we ask that this is fully completed and then emailed to mtw-tr.coilassessmentdoc@nhs.net.

Once you have returned the form, one of our staff will be in touch within 14 days to book your IUC exchange appointment.  Please contact us by email if you don’t hear anything within 14 days of submitting your form.

Monkeypox

Monkeypox update (22 Jun 2022)

Monkeypox self-isolation guidance

Monkeypox vaccine

We are working with key partners locally and nationally to ensure that access to the monkeypox vaccine is possible in Kent. Limited supplies in the UK are currently being shared with all services, while we wait for more vaccine supplies to become available. The latest information about when and how you will be able to access the vaccine will be made available on this page.

Advice for patients attending North and West Kent sexual health services

We are operating a ‘booked appointment’ only service to our patients and this will be offered if necessary following a telephone consultation with one of our clinicians, who will discuss your concerns and signpost you to the most appropriate service.

If your problem is urgent don’t worry as we do have a number of same day appointments available every day to see you as soon as possible.

We do not offer walk in appointments but we understand that you may be concerned so please ring us first and we will be able to help you.

Please wear a face mask when you attend the hospital unless you have an exemption in which case we understand and will be happy to see you.

Currently we are providing the following:

  • STI care clinics daily for STI testing and diagnostic tests for those with symptoms (including a same day clinic for those with urgent problems)
  • STI treatment clinics for those with a positive STI test result who need treatment
  • Emergency contraception
  • SHUK Online STI home screening service (please see section and links below)
  • All methods of oral and injectable contraception (pills, patch, ring and injections)
  • All LARC methods with insertion and removal procedure clinics (implants and coils)
  • Deep implant removal clinic
  • HIV services for those living with HIV including routine annual monitoring appointments, urgent care advice and antiretroviral home care delivery
  • HIV PEP/PEPSE – HIV post exposure prophylaxis including following sexual exposure
  • HIV PrEP – HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis
  • Dermatology clinic for genital lumps, bumps and skin lesions
  • Young Persons clinic.

All patients must call us on either:

  • The Rubin Clinic, Maidstone on 01622 225713 – 8am to 6.30pm (Monday to Thursday) and 8am – 5pm (Friday) for services at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells.
  • The Rubin Clinic, South Park Surgery, Sevenoaks has now closed.  Please call 01622 225713 to discuss suitable alternatives.
  • The Riverside Clinic, Gravesend on 01474 360833 or 01474 360663– 8am to 6.30pm (Monday to Thursday) and 8.30am -4pm on Friday) for services at Gravesham
  • The Overy Street Clinic, Dartford on 01322 948026 8am-6pm (Monday to Thursday) for services at Dartford
  • Rowan Tree Surgery, Rowan Tree Road, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5PX; please call 01622 225713 for appointments.

SHUK STI Home screening

Alternatively, if you would prefer to screen at home please use the online STI testing service via www.kent.sh.uk or visit the Kent County Council website via www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and health/health/sexual-health.  You will complete a triage online and will either be sent a kit to your home or be offered a call back from one of our nurses, dependent on your needs.

We will be updating our website on a regular basis.  Please be assured we will do our best to meet your needs.

If you are over 16 years of age and live in Kent and you are just looking for a check-up you can order a home testing kit.

NEXPLANON implant

The NEXPLANON implant is currently the only progestogen-only contraceptive subdermal implant available in the UK. The implant is a highly effective long-acting reversible method of contraception, licensed for 3 years of use for contraception.

Our clinics

The Rubin Clinic Sexual Health services provide expert care on all areas of sexual health, HIV care and contraception with a professional, non-judgmental approach across Maidstone, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks. We have a range of specialist doctors and nurses who can help you.

We welcome people of all race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion and age.

How you can contact us

You can come along to any of our confidential services for advice, tests and treatment, but we do suggest that you look at our weekly list of clinic services in your area before you call us.

For advice on STIs, contraception and HIV, or to book an appointment contact us on 01622 225713. We are happy to provide information and advice over the phone during our opening hours.

If you need to cancel your appointment we have a designated cancellation line. This is an automated service which asks for your name, DOB, contact number and the date, time and venue of your appointment. Messages can be left at any time during the day or night and are checked regularly. Allowing sufficient time before your appointment would be much appreciated.  Cancellation Line No. 01622 225101.

Professionals can refer patients by emailing us at mtw-tr.rubinclinic@nhs.net

Video consultation

If you have arranged a video consultation appointment, please click here.

STI screening

If you are asymptomatic please use the online STI testing service via www.kent.sh.uk or visit the Kent County Council website via www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and health/health/sexual-health

We will be updating our website on a regular basis.  Please be assured we will do our best to meet your needs.

A service that’s easy to access…

We can usually offer most patients the opportunity to be seen the same day or the next working day but sometimes if you have an urgent problem or limited time you may have to travel to be seen quickly or at a time that is convenient for you.

We are open 5 days a week and have booked appointment clinics.

If you are under 25 years you can attend our clinics any day of the week. We have dedicated young person clinics in all of our services.

When to test…

Testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea should be done 2 weeks after an episode of unprotected sex in those without symptoms or sooner if you have symptoms of discharge.

Testing for HIV should be done 4 weeks after an episode of unprotected sex, or sooner if you have any symptoms of fever, rash and sore throat.

Testing for Syphilis should be done 12 weeks after an episode of unprotected sex or sooner if you have any symptoms of rash, or sores on your genitals, bottom or mouth.

Here to listen, not to tell…

We provide a confidential service to all of our patients. 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 on-going 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.

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