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COVID-19 Update – 10th September 2021

 Due to severe staff shortages, you may experience a longer than usual waiting time when phoning the service. 

Physical distancing and face coverings are still required at health care settings across Scotland. Therefore restricted services are still in place including appointment only clinics, to continue to protect the public and staff. 

Please be aware that we have only a small number of Coil or Implant appointments at present, if you have tried to book online and have been unable to do so, it means there are no appointments available and we will not be able to provide any via telephone either. We apologise for this inconvenience and ask that you continue to try and book this appointment online.

Please view Sandyford's full COVID-19 statement and COVID- 19 service information page which is updated regularly. You must not attend for an appointment if you have signs of COVID or have been in contact with someone in the last 14 days who has.

 

Testing

Sandyford Services: COVID-19

Sandyford Sexual Health Services has moved to delivering its most urgent services only, due to COVID-19. This is so we can ensure we keep patients and staff safe. This means that in line with government guidelines, we are minimising face-to-face work and prioritising those with the most urgent care needs. We appreciate your patience as we do this.

Temporary changes are necessary:

  • Testing services for people without symptoms remains limited.
  • To find out if you can get tested at the moment and if you can book online, click here.
  • Primary care (GPs, health centres) are also limiting chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing.
  • You can only attend clinics if you have made an appointment before you arrive. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no services are available without an appointment.
  • Call 0141 211 8130  to organise an appointment. The staff at Sandyford will ask you questions and give you an appointment if required.
  • Please do not bring any other person with you to your appointment including children, partners, friends or family members. They will be asked to wait outside the building.
  • You are asked to wear a face covering when you attend as per Government advice.
  • Please click here for more information on the temporary changes to Sandyford services and locations. 

If you think you have an STI the earlier you’re tested the sooner you can be treated if needed.

Why Test for STIs?

It's important to test if you have any symptoms that may be due to an STI but also if you've had a change in sexual partner or a partner has had an STI. Often people with STI’s have no symptoms so it is always worth being tested if there has been a risk of infection and you haven't tested recently.

Common STI symptoms
  • pain when you pass urine (pee) 
  • itching, burning or tingling around the genitals 
  • new discharge from the genitals or anus
  • blisters, sores, spots or lumps around the genitals or anus
  • bleeding between periods or after sex
  • pain during sex
  • lower abdominal pain
  • rash over the body with flu like symptoms
When to Test

If you have symptoms or had contact with an infection it is important to be seen as soon as possible. Please call us on 0141 211 8130 to make an appointment.

If you don’t have symptoms it can sometimes be better to wait to test as it can take some time for your body to show signs of infection for our tests to find. Please consider the information below before taking a test. If it's done too early it may not be accurate.

  • It can take two weeks after sex, for chlamydia and gonorrhoea to show up on a test
  • An HIV test is highly accurate 45 days (about 6 weeks) after sex
  • Syphilis can take up to 12 weeks to show up on a test after sex

If you are worried about the risk of HIV exposure in the last 72 hours please ring us on 0141 211 8130 as you may need treatment, PEP, to prevent infection.

How to Test

We've had to make some changes to testing right now. Click here to see if you can get testing with us at the moment. The tests are really easy to do. We will need to ask you some questions about your general health and sex life so we know which are the right tests to offer you. Generally, everyone getting testing will be offered chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV tests. Sometimes we test for further infections if needed this will be discussed with you on the day. 

HIV and Syphilis is tested for by taking a blood sample

Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are tested for by swabs in women and in men a urine sample and, if needed, swabs also. If you don’t have symptoms you can take these samples yourself.

How to take an anal swab

How to take a vaginal swab

How to take a throat swab

Manage your sexual health online

Book, cancel and reschedule sexual health testing appointments online. 

If you think you may have symptoms please call for an appointment. 

Call 0141 211 8130

Self-Testing Information

At many of our services we run test only clinics to make your routine sexual health check-up as easy and hassle free as possible. The practitioner seeing you will offer you a sexual health check; however, they will not be able to examine you or answer any clinical questions you may have about your sexual health or sexually transmitted infections. If you have any other needs or there are other supports required they will explain to you how to organise a more appropriate appointment for you to have these needs met by a member of the clinical team. If you do not have any symptoms you will not need to be examined by a practitioner. This means you can take your own Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea testing swabs. Including one or more of the following:

 

  • Urine sample
  • Self-Taken Throat Swab
  • Self-Taken Rectal Swab
  • Self-Taken Vaginal Swab.

 

The practitioner seeing you will give you instructions and talk you through how to take the self-taken tests, there will also be written information to help guide you.

 

Some of the most common conditions to test for are:

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK and is easily passed on during sex. Most people don't experience any symptoms, so they are unaware they're infected. 

Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is a bacterial STI easily passed on during sex. About 50% of women and 10% of men don't experience any symptoms and are unaware they're infected.

Syphilis

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that in the early stages causes a painless, but highly infectious, sore on your genitals or around the mouth. The sore can last up to six weeks before disappearing.

HIV

HIV is a long term health condition which is now very easy to manage. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. The virus targets the immune system and if untreated, weakens your ability to fight infections and disease.

Genital warts

Genital warts are small fleshy growths, bumps or skin changes that appear on or around your genital or anal area.

Genital herpes

Genital herpes is a common infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), which is the same virus that causes cold sores.

Getting your results

Your questions answered about getting your results after being tested. 

What to expect at Sandyford

All the information you need about your visit to Sandyford. Before, during and after the appointment.