New walk-in sexual health clinic for London Bridge commuters
Guy's Hospital is promising easier access to sexual health advice, contraceptives and tests for STIs at a new walk-in morning service at the Lloyd Clinic.
Doctors and nurses at the clinic, which is close to London Bridge station, are urging commuters and local people to think about popping in if they have any concerns about their sexual health. The service is free, confidential and it couldn't be easier to visit as there is no appointment required.
The new drop in service operates every weekday morning from 8.45am until 12 noon, except for Wednesdays, and is designed to be as convenient as possible for commuters.
Jason Warriner, the Trust's clinical nurse manager for sexual health, said: "Our patients are a real mix between commuters and locals so we are trying to make our clinics as easy and accessible as possible for everyone.
"The public often think that sexually transmitted infections are something that happen to other people and they never quite get around to getting themselves checked out. Most STIs are easy to treat once they've been found and the longer you wait to get yourself checked out the more risky it is for both you and any partners you have."
Jason adds: "The tenth anniversary of Contraceptive Awareness Week is a great opportunity to remind people to take precautions every time they have sex to avoid unplanned pregnancy or STIs.
"There are a range of contraceptives which can protect against pregnancy but only using a condom will protect you against STIs like chlamydia and HIV."
• Department of Sexual Health at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.