Sexual Health Hounslow

About our clinics

We offer same-day appointments instead of walk-in, and wait clinics for urgent problems. To book a same-day appointment, please call 020 8321 5718 or 020 8630 3295 Mon–Fri from 8am.

Emergencies and young people under 18 are invited to book a same-day appointment or come in during clinic opening hours (if coming in without an appointment, please arrive no later than 1 hour before we close). Young people can also attend the Young People’s Walk-in Clinics as these will remain open.

Routine appointments will still be available for non-urgent matters—to book, choose a clinic from the menu to the left.

Book an appointment online

You can use our online booking system for a face-to-face appointment, PrEP appointments and to directly book a contraceptive implant appointments.

Choosing the correct appointment type

Emergencies—same-day appointment or come in during opening hours (no later than 1 hour before closing time)

  • Emergency contraception—needs to be started within 5 days of unprotected sex
  • Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)—needs to be started within 72 hours of exposure
  • Sexual assault within the last 7 days
  • Under 18 years old
  • Care experienced (Topaz)

Urgent—same-day appointment

  • Symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection—e.g. pain when urinating, genital pain, blisters/sores/rash in genital area, unusual bleeding or discharge
  • Sexual contact of someone diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection

Non-urgent—routine appointment

  • Treatment for a diagnosed sexually transmitted infection
  • Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)—start or repeat
  • Contraception—start or repeat (including implants and IUD/IUS fitting or removal)
  • Follow-up with doctor or nurse
  • Health adviser advice or information
  • Sexual health testing without symptoms (sexual health screen)

Online home testing kit (via Sexual Health London)

  • Sexual Health Testing without symptoms (a sexual health screen)—order from www.shl.uk

Service during COVID-19

We recommend that you follow current NHS guidance about how best to protect yourselves and others from coronavirus.

Monkeypox vaccination

We are receiving a high volume of calls regarding monkeypox vaccination. Please be aware our call centre staff cannot book appointments for these vaccines.

Please note there is a limited supply of the MVA vaccine, so it is being offered to people who are most at risk. Please be assured that once vaccine supplies are unlimited, we will offer vaccination as part of routine sexual health care to anyone at high risk of infection. 

Monkeypox virus or MPV

The UKHSA (UK Health Security Agency, previously Public Health England) has identified multiple confirmed cases of monkeypox virus (MPV) in the UK, mostly affecting gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men (MSM). It is usually a mild illness which does not require treatment, but can sometimes become more serious. UKHSA are contacting people who have been in contact with a known case. 

Symptoms of MPV?

Symptoms begin 5–21 days (average 6–16 days) after being exposed to the virus. The first signs are a high fever, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and a severe headache but some people may not have these initial symptoms. Approximately 1–5 days later a rash appears. The rash often starts on the genitals or face before spreading to other parts of the body. The rash changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab (see pictures below). Someone with MPV is infectious until the last scab has fallen off. 

MPV is usually mild and most people will recover within a few weeks without any treatment. Reports state that the type of MPV in the UK currently is a different form of the virus, causing a less severe illness.  Occasionally, people become more unwell and require hospital admission, so if you have been diagnosed with MPV, it is important to stay in touch with your healthcare provider and let them know if your symptoms worsen. 

How is monkeypox acquired?

Monkeypox does not spread easily between people. Person-to-person spread may occur through:

  • Direct contact with skin lesions or scabs.
  • Contact with clothing or linens (such as bedding or towels) that have been used by an infected person.
  • Breathing in droplets from the coughing or sneezing of someone who has a monkeypox rash.

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What to do if you think you might have it

Call us for advice on 020 3315 5675 if you think you have signs or symptoms of MPV. Please don’t walk into the clinic. We may refer you to our main hospital, Chelsea and Westminster, for specific tests. Don’t share bedding, towels and other linen. Please avoid any sexual contact until your symptoms have been reviewed.

UKSHA will contact anyone who may have been exposed to MPV and provide further advice. People exposed to a known case should self-isolate at home for 21 days. Giving smallpox vaccine after exposure to a confirmed case reduces the chance of becoming unwell. 

Book an appointment

Twickenham House
• Heart of Hounslow
• Feltham Centre for Health

Clinics are closed on bank holidays—for emergencies please go to your nearest A&E
 
 

Contact information

Sexual Health Advisers
(please do not call for routine appointments)
T:
 020 8321 5675/6831/2566

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