What Others Have Asked
Can a 15 year old have a secret abortion without parents knowing?
For all pregnancy questions please contact the British Pregnancy Advisory Service for advise on 03457 30 40 30.
Hi, can I get lube with a C-Card?
Yes you can.
Do the birth control pills have to be taken the same time daily in order for it to be effective?
It is important to take the pill at the same time to ensure it is not fortgotten but it can be taken within a few hours of the same day. For specific advise about your prescription, please read the accompanying leaflet or contact your prescriber.
When is the drop in at Taunton?
Our Sit & Wait clinics in Taunton can be found here https://swishservices.co.uk/where-to-find-us/
How many days do I need to take the Desogestrel pills before sexual intercourse in order for pregnancy to be prevented?
Thank you for your question, you need to take the Desogestrel Pill (Progestogen Only Pill) for 2 days before it becomes effective at preventing pregnancy. If you have sex without a condom in the first two days you will need to obtain Emgergency Contraception.
Please visit the Sexwise website for more information on the Progestogen Only Pill: https://sexwise.fpa.org.uk/contraception/progestogen-only-pill-pop
Can I come and get a cervical cancer smear test done ?
Unfortunately we are unable to provide cervical screening (smear test) at the SWISH clinics as we are not commissioned to do so.. Please contact the medical centre where you are registered to arrange a smear test with your GP or practice nurse.
My girlfriend is visiting from Poland, can she also be tested?
Yes, we can see you girlfriend for a STI test.
Hi I’m 15 and my foreskin can’t retract over the the end off my penis I don’t think this is normal what should I do
Thank you for your question, we would advise you visit you GP to get yourself checked to make sure everything is ok.
I had sex on Thursday night, if I came to the clinic tomorrow to get a ellaone pill would that be in the time frame of which you have to take it in ?
Emergency Contraception, including Ella One is avaliable up to 120hrs (or 5 days) after unprotected sex. Please do visit Sit & Wait clinic in Taunton tomorrow to see a nurse and have a consultation for Emergency Contraception.
Can you test for yeast infections?
Yes we can test for yeast infections, however you may want to visit you local pharmacy for treatment first or see you GP. If you would like to visit Swish please call 0300 1234 010
Are the emergency contraception pills free?
Yes, emergency contraception is free from us at Swish, Minor Injury Units and GPs, it is also free from some Pharmacies.
I can’t swallow the chlamydia pills are there any other forms I can take it in?
Yes, there is a liquid form of the treatment, however you will need to visit us or your GP to obtain the medication. Please give us a call or 0300 1245010.
If I get tested in one swish clinic and get my results in 7-10 days can I then go to another swish clinic for treatment? As opening times vary
While we do have clinics around the county we are still one service and you can visit other clinics for treatment. Please do call us to book an appointment on 0300 1245 010.
How do I order more of the pill
To obtain more of the contraceptive pill who do need to attend clinic for an appointment.
I've read that epididymitis could be caused by lifting heavy loads rather than a STI. Is this true and how do you differentiate?
Epididymitis is usually caused by a STI such as chlamydia or gonorrhoea or sometimes by a urinary infection. While heavy lifting may be a cause it is much less likey and you would be unable to tell the difference, we would suggest you visit Swish or your GP as soon as possible.
Can you answer my test question?
We answer all questions that come through to 'Ask Swish', please do ask another if you need any help or advice.
Is walk in on Monday ?
Our 'Walk-In Sit and Wait' clinic is open on Monday's at Bridgwater Community Hospital from 9am - 8pm (please arrive before 7pm)
Do you hand out free male contraception to sexually active adults?
Condoms are available and free to patients who attend clinic.
Are you a confidential service?
Confidentialty is very important to us and no one is informed if you attend the Swish service. The only time we might want to discuss your attendance with any other professionals is if we believe there is a serious risk to your or someone else's safety or welfare, such as abuse. The risk would need to be serious, and we would usually discuss this with you first.
I have a separate hymen and yesterday after sex it swelled up and it is tender and is sticking out. How do I treat this? And should I go see a doctor about it just in case it could be more?
We recommend you visit your GP who may need to refer you to Gynaecology.
Can I have my contraceptive implant removed with you?
We do remove implants at Swish, if you implant was fitted at your GP surgery and they still offer implant fitting and removal we would recommend you contact them first. If your GP surgery does not offer this service and you are a Somerset resident please contact us via our booking line or via online booking (03001245010).
I’ve got Bacterial Vaginosis (BV), I’ve used the gels you can buy but as soon as I stop using them it comes back! Is there a way to get rid of it permanently?
Please read the NHS guidance on BV and ensure you are avoiding vaginal douching, antiseptics, bubble baths, shampoos in the bath and smoking, as all of these can help relieve symptoms and prevent bacterial vaginosis from returning. If after these measures BV is still a problem please make an appointment to come and see us at Swish or see your GP.
I’ve had treatment for chlamydia and recently received a negative re-screen back for it! However I still feel itchy below? Any help?
That's great that you have had a negtive screen after your Chlamydia treatment. If you have had unprotected sex with a new partner since treatment we would advise that you are re-tested.
Often Chlamydia has no signs or symptoms and the itching may be caused by something else, for example: Thrush. Please contact our Nurse Advisors by phone on 0300 1245010 (option 2) to discuss further.
Do you contact my GP ?
Confidentialty is very important to us and your GP is not informed when you attend the Swish Service. The only time a health professional might want to discuss your attendance is if they believe there is a risk to your safety or welfare, such as abuse. The risk would need to be serious, and we would usually discuss this with you first.
Sometimes we may ask your permission to discuss your contraception or ongoing treatment with your GP, but you are able to refuse this happening.
Can I come to the drop in appointment, if the appointment is about contraception?
If you attend a Sit and Wait clinic then you will be seen and so will your partner. If your partner has a booked appointment then this appointment is only for them and you will need to book your own appointment.
I slept with someone positive for chlamydia then someone clean the next day. Would it have passed to me and the clean person that fast?
While we can not guarantee that the Chamydia infection will have passed to you and then onto your next partner, Chlamydia is very infectious and we would advice that you and your second partner attend for a STI check and treatment if needed
Do you do implant removal?
We recommend you return to the clinician who fitted your implant for removal, but we can help if this is not possible.
What are the different forms of contraception I can use and what is the easiest to use?
There are lots of different forms of contraception, click here to read all about them. The easiest methods to use are the Long Acting methods as they are very effective and you do not have to remember to take them every day.
How long after having 2 penicillin injections should they start to work ?
The penicillin will start working straight away on the bacterial infection. When you were in clinic you would have been asked to return in a few week for a repeat blood test. If you are unable to remember when you need to return please call our Nurse Advisors on 03001245010 (press option 2)
I had a full STI check up in Taunton when I was in the UK about a month ago. I'm currently living in Vietnam and am back there now so I haven't received my results back as I have a Vietnamese number. How can I receive my results?
Please call out Nurse Advisors on weekdays between 9am - 5pm for your results, 0300 1245010 (press option 2).
I was wondering, if I have been to the doctors before to get my pills, am I able to start getting them at the swish clinic?
Yes you can get oral contraception from Swish. Please call the booking line to make an appointment on 0300 1245010 or attend one of our Sit and Wait clinics.
Can you get STIs with anal sex ?
Yes, sexually transmitted infections can be passed on through any sexual contact, this can be oral, vaginal or anal sex as well any any other sexual contact and the use of sex toys.
What’s the reason for my boyfriend not being able to have an orgasm in me?
Thank you for your question, without speaking with your partner it is difficult to know why this is happening. If he is worried about this then we would suggest he comes and has an appointment to discuss this. Sometimes people may need an appointment at our Psychosexual Clinic, we can discuss this at an appointment. www.swishservices.co.uk/i-think-i-may-need-a-psychosexual-service/
Where can I arrange an abortion?
If you choose to have an abortion, you will need to call the One Call Pregnancy Advice Line on 0345 013 0124; it is a self-referral service and they will make all the arrangements with you. They are open 24 hours, 7 days a week; services are free and confidential, even if you are under 16.
If you you need a pregnancy test or want to discuss contraception after the abortion, please do contact us for an appointment or attend one of our Sit and Wait clinics.
What size condom is 56mm width ?
Here at Swish we provide condoms from the brand Pasente. The Pasente regular condom has a width of 54mm while the large is 60mm.
If you wanted to buy Durex condoms then their 'Comfort XL' is 57mm and their 'Bare' range in 56mm.
What types of condoms can you get with the c-card?
We issue Pasante condoms in a variety of options (size, texture, flavour). If you have a specific request please mention this on collection.
My wife has warts and I’m not showing symptoms; what do I do?
Please contact us on 0300 1240101 to arrange a screen. Your wife can also contact us to arrange treatment.
What happens when I come for an appointment about having the contraceptive pill? Will I get the pills straight away? What sort of questions are asked?
Yes in most circumstances they will be issued at your appointment but you will be advised to take additonal precautions until the pill becomes effective. We will ask questions about your health and circumstances to ensure this method is appropriate for you. You can find out more by following this link https://swishservices.co.uk/short-acting-methods/
I’ve asked swish to ring me and they haven't. What do I do?
Please can you ring us on 0300 1245010 or email email@example.com and let us know where you left the request for us to ring you and we will ensure you receice a response.
How long will it take for a C-Card to expire?
C-Cards are usually activated for 1 year or 10 visits.
Can I come to a clinic regarding wanting an abortion?
No but you may find the 'One Call Pregnancy Advice Line' helpful as they are open 24/7 and can arrange counselling over the phone or face to face; please call 0345 013 0124.
How do you renew c-cards?
Hi, yes we do renew C-Cards, please attend a Sit and Wait clinic or contact us (03001245010 or Online Booking) and book a time to attend one of out booked young people's clinics.
I want to have my implant removed as myself and my partner want to have another baby. The only problem is that I dont want to have it done at my GP surgery. I made a complaint about the only doctor that is able to insert and remove and I don't really want to go to her. Can you help?
Yes we can help. Please contact us on 0300 1245010.
It’s been 2 weeks and not had results?
Thanks for your question, results can take 7 - 10 days to be returned to you and we send results via text message, if we have an incorrect number listed for you that maybe why you have not recieved your results. Please call the Nurse Advisor line on 03001245010 (press option 2) to ask for your results or leave a message asking to be called back. You will need you patient number and/or date of birth.
Do you perform smear tests?
Unfortunately we are unable to provide cervical screening (smear test) at the Swish clinics. Please contact the medical centre where you are registered to arrange a smear test with your GP or practice nurse.
I have a lump on my penis which is sore and has a yellow discharge. I can't get an appointment with my doctor till the 23rd May.
Please come and attend one our Sit and Wait clinics.
We hold Sit and Wait clinics in Taunton, Bridgwater and South Petherton.
The next Sit and Wait clinic is tomorrow (Saturday) at Millstream House in Taunton from 9am - 1pm (please arrive before 12.30 pm) .
For a list of Sit and Wait clinics please click on the 'Where to Find Us' button or call our booking line on 0300 1245 010
When visiting the clinic is your doctor informed?
Confidentialty is very important to us and your GP is not informed when you attend the Swish Service.
Sometimes we may ask your permission to discuss your contraception or ongoing treatment with your GP, but you are able to refuse this happening.
The only time a health professional might want to discuss your attendance is if they believe there is a risk to your safety or welfare, such as abuse. The risk would need to be serious, and we would usually discuss this with you first.
Is the Monday service open on bank holidays?
No, we are not open on Bank Holiday Monday. Our Sit and Wait clinic is running on Saturday 5th May in Taunton from 9am - 1pm and the Sit and Wait clinic on Tuesday 8th May in Taunton will be open from 9am.
Hi, I had protected anal sex yesterday, but I didnt ask if he was clean, am I ok?
Thanks for your question, it's great that you used a condom for anal sex as it will significantly reduce your risk of STIs. However condoms do not protect you 100% of the time so we would always recommend you attend one our clinics for a STI screen.
Having a STI is not about being clean or dirty and you can't tell by looking at someone if they have an infection, we would always recommend a STI screen with each change of partner.
What does a full screening include?
A full screen for a patient without any symptoms of concern, or any additional risk factors, includes testing for Chlamydia, Gonnorrhoea, HIV and Syphilis.
I had a procedure and coil fitted on the 9th April nothing nasty found. Had some discharge and then went straight into a period. I have rung the surgery and they gave me your information so my question is should I still be bleeding?
We are unable to give you specific advice as we don't know which type of coil you have had fitted. It is normal to have some irregular bleeding for a few weeks after having a coil fitted, however if you are experiencing pain or the bleeding is concerning you please do contact the service the service that fitted the coil and ask to see a health professional.
I have been married for nearly 20 years and not strayed from my partner in that time. I am as certain as anyone can be that she has been faithful also. Around last July/August 2017 I noticed a small raised “hard skin” type lump around a hair follicle at the base of my penis shaft just up from my scrotum. I thought maybe I’d scratched myself in that “blokey” way that we do, and it was part of the healing process. It didn’t go though and as it persisted it began to worry me more. I did some googling and was as certain as I could be that it wasn’t genital warts or anything sinister. It persisted, so about 3 months ago I went to my GP to get it checked. He has confirmed it wasn’t a genital wart or STI but was most likely a plantar wart. My wife over the years has had warts on a couple of her fingers so after discussion on a second visit (where he checked to see if it had grown or spread – it hadn’t) the suggestion was that I probably got it from her touching me while her wart was active. My GP suggested that normal body healing processes would mean that it would resolve itself but that it could take up to 10-12 months. I really hate having it there, it’s still relatively flat and small but doesn’t show any signs of disappearing yet. Is this something I can treat with a normal “over the counter” wart removal cream or do I just need to let it run its course?
We would recommend letting your GP know this is troubling you. They will be able to advise any solutions for faster removal. You can also speak with a pharmacist and most chemists have a quiet area for you to request confidential discussion takes place.
Can I have my nexplanon implant removed at a walk-in clinic?
Occasionally this is possible but we would advise booking an appointment to ensure the correct clinician is available.
Can the depo injection cause infertility?
Depo injections are not associated wth long-term infertility.
Why don’t you standardly check for trich in the regular sexual screening test if it’s so common ?
Whilst Trichomonas is the most common non-viral STI in the world it is less common in the UK. It is not included in our standard screening process unless we feel a patient is at risk or if there are symptoms. We continually review our screening packages to ensure we respond to the the changing picture of sexual health both nationally and locally.
Can you get checked on your period for everything?
Yes we can do a sexual health screen while you are on your period. If you have some symptoms of concern then you may need to return but we can discuss this when you attend.
I believe that remaining sexually active is vitally important to health and wellbeing for elderly people. What services do you offer for sexually active elderly people? I am male, married, bisexual and 84 years old.
We totally agree which is why our services are all available for anyone, regardless of age. If you need something you cannot find on our website please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I accidentally missed one does of my doxycycline and remembered the next morning. Will this affect my results?
Carry out with your course of treatment and try not to miss any more doses. Please contact out Nurse Advisors on 03001245010 (option 2) and they will tell you when you need to return to clinic.
Hi I'm trying to get free condoms delivered to my address but don't know how?
Thank you for your question, delivered condoms are available to some people via our partners at the Eddystone Trust, please click this link to find out more.
What tests does the HCA carry out?
Our Health Care Assistants (HCA) carry out some screening tests depending on their training and experience. If you are seeing a HCA they will take your sexual history and if you need a referral to a nurse or doctor then this will be arranged.
I am 46 and have had an ablation. I am in a new relationship and need advise on contraception. I don't want anything involving hormones so was wondering if the copper coil would be a suitable option? Many thanks.
Thank you for your question, unfortunately due to the of complexeties of having an IUD fitted after a uterine ablation we are unable to provide this service in a community clinic, please visit your GP and obtain a referral to Gynaecology to discuss intrauterine contraception after ablation. If you would like to discuss other forms of contraception then please do contact us for an appointment.
I have had 2 lots of antibiotics, the first one being 4 tablets and I have just finished (a couple days ago) a 7 day course of doxycline, however I still have a an itchy feeling below? Any recommendations?
We would recommend you call one our our Nurse Advisors as the will know what infection you were treated for and will be able to discuss your symptoms with you and offer advice. Please call our booking line on 03001245010 and please choose option 2, if a Nurse Advisor is not immediately available then please leave a message as they will call you back.
Can I have my coil removed?
We do remove coils at Swish, if you coil was fitted at your GP surgery and they still offer coil fitting and removal we would recommend you contact them first. If your GP surgery does not offer this service and you are a Somerset resident please contact us via our booking line or via online booking (03001245010).
I am pregnant, planned but I believe I may have warts. Should I see you, my doctor or my midwife about this?
Please do call us to make an appointment for an examination. Please either contact us via our booking line on 03001245010 or via our online booking link.
Can you test for trichomoniasis?
Yes we can, please call to make an appointment or attend one of our Sit and Wait clinics. Please visit the "where to find us" page on our website for clinic locations and times.
Can I get a walk in appointment?
We do not offer appointments in our sit and wait clinics, patents are seen in order from when they arrive. Please call us or use our online booking form to make an appointment during our booked appointment clinics.
I’m currently taking 7 days of doxycycline for chlamydia as my first antibiotic treatment didn’t work. How soon after completing treatment should I re test? And what happens if this doesn’t work ? Are there other treatment options if this doesn’t work? Very worried. Thank you!
Thank you for your question, please be reassured that Doxycyline is very effective at treating Chlamydia. The earliest time that you can re-test is 6 weeks after treatment has finished. You are welcome to re-attend clinic or if you are aged under 25yrs then please order a test through our website (by clicking the orange 'order a chlamydia test' button on our home page). If you would like to discuss this further then please call to speak to our Nurse Advisors on 03001245010 (option 2)
Do you fit the Kyleena IUD?
Thank you for your question. Yes we will be fitting the Kyleena Intrauterine Contraception, currently we do not have access to stock but we are expecting that to change very soon. Please contact us to make an appointment for a coil consultation and we will keep you updated on when we expect stock of this method to arrive.
Do you test for syphilis?
Yes we do, syphilis testing is included in our STI screening. Please do contact us to make an appointment or attend one of our sit and wait clinics.
Where can I get PEP from?
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a treatment that can prevent HIV infection after the virus has entered a person's body. We supply PEP after sexual exposure and you can also get PEP from A&E. PEP must be started within 72hrs of exposure.
I have a friend who does not have good English. He says he was diagnosed as having a long term STD, back in his country of origin but his symptoms don't correlate with what I have found on the web. Can you test for this, so he can rule this out or get help, and can you get a translator?
Without knowing what the long term STI you friend has, is it diffcult to give you accurate advice. Please call our booking line or request an appointment via the online booking page for your friend. We use language line in our clinics so there will be a interpreter if needed.
Where are my test results?
Result can take between 7- 10 days, please call our Nurse Advisors if you have not heard from Swish after 10 days. Please call 03001245010 and press option 2,
I have the implant and am going away to work aboard for 7months and wont be back until November is it okay to wait until then to have it removed?
Thanks for your question, if your implant expires (it has been in place for 3 years and longer) before November 2018 then you will not be covered for contraception. If this is the case then we would recommend that you came in and have it replaced early so you will be covered for contraception for your trip away.
I had tests on the 16/03/18 and haven’t been texted any results yet.
Results usually take 7-10 working days. Your results should be with you this week. If you are concerned please do email us your details email@example.com
My discharge has been really weird lately; and I’ve got some symptoms for Trichomoniasis and VB I don’t know what to do.
If you are concerned about Trichomoniasis or Bacterial Vaginosis you should make an appointment to come and see us by calling 03001245010 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Could I get pregnant if I had sex with a boy but he didn’t pre cum or cum in me as I’m very scared?
Hello; it is still possible and if you had unprotected sex you should come and see us for a sexual health screen whcih will include a pregnancy test. We have sit and wait clinic today in South Petherton and tomorrow in Taunton (our website can provide you full details) or you can ring us on 0300 1245010 or email email@example.com and we will arrange to see you as soon as possible.
Hope much for private cervical smear test?
I am afraid we do not offer any private appointments. Your GP practice should be able to advise.
I need my implant taken out today; is it possible to book an appointment?
To book an appointment you need to ring us on 0300 1245010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I know what size condom I need?
If you are under the age of 19 we could register you for C-Card and there is a size guide inside our packs. You can find details here https://swishservices.co.uk/what-is-a-c-card/ If you are over 19 please email us your details at email@example.com and we can arrange for you to collect some samples and guidance. A condom should always fit snugly over a penis, leaving no tight or baggy spots. If rolled over a penis that is not yet fully erect, it will fit awkwardly and be more likely to fall off or tear during sex. The condom should go from the package to your genitals relatively quickly.
Do you do an abortion clinic?
Thank you for your question, no we do not provide abortions at Swish, however we do share our building with BPAS who provide abortions in Somerset. Please call the "'One Call Pregnancy Advice Line' on 0345 013 0124, they are open 24/7 and can arrange counselling over the phone or face to face, as well as booking an appointment for you at BPAS or another abortion provider. 0345 013 0124.
Hi. I've been tested for Chlamydia, HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, Herpes, Hepatitis, with all negative results. I still have STI symptoms 4 months later, without any sexual contact in this time. Do you test for Trichomoniasis and other STI's?
Yes we do and if you continue to have symptoms. If you email us on firstname.lastname@example.org you can tell us your name so that we can check your testing history. It would also be helpful to know your ongoing symptoms.
I have been using an implant for contraception for over 10 years; I am 48. Usually I do not have any menstrual bleeding. About 6 months ago my bleeding started again. It is GP or SWISH? Do you know why this is happening?
There are various reasons why this may be happening. Not knowing if your implant has been recently changed it is not possible to tell if your bleeding is likely to be linked to your contraception. We would recommend you visit your GP to explain your symptoms and ensure you have had your regular cervical smear. Your GP will then be able to advise if you need support from Gynaecology or SWISH.
What STIs do you check for?
We generally screen for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV and Syphillis if there is reason to believe, either due to sexual history or symptoms, this is necessary. More specific tests may be carried out of history and/or symptoms indicate the need. If you would like more information please email us at email@example.com
Hi, I have just had a kidney infection, from what the doctors thought anyway. So I’ve been on antibiotics for 7 days but now I’ve been off them for 2 days I’ve got an odd discharge. As well as my bellybutton smells and has an odd discharge too. I am just curious as to what this is?
If you think this is linked to taking the antibitoics you should speak with your GP. If you have concerns it could be linked to sexual activity please come in and have screen.
Do you give HPV vaccine ?
Sorry we do not provide the HPV vaccination, if you or your child missed the vaccinations at school please contact your GP service.
If I am travelling to one of the medical centres, is it possible to get the treatment where I live (Yeovil) instead of travelling again to get it?
Without knowing what treatment you require we cannot let you know at which venues you can receive it. We do have a clinic in Yeovil at Hendford Lodge surgery and you can requets an apppointment here by ringing 0300 1245010.
Should you apply warticon to a genital wart that has been treated with cryotherapy and is still healing?
Thank you for your question, you should wait a week after the cryotherapy before starting the Warticon, if you want to discuss this further please call the Nurse Advisor on 03001245010 and press option 2.
Is it possible to come to Swish for advise on how to check for breast cancer?
It would be more appropriate to contact your GP or visit this link for more information https://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1740.aspx?CategoryID=60&SubCategoryID=182It
I had unprotected sex with a new partner who has hepatitis b. I heard I need to make an injection in 72 hours. Who can help me in this situation?
There is currently a international shortage of Hep B vaccinations and we currently do not have any stock. Please do contact you local A&E department as they may be able to help you.
I am an older female with what i think is genital herpes. I have researched thoroughly on the internet to come to this diagnosis, however I am concerned that there may be other conditions which mimic the symptoms of Herpes that I am unaware of. Can i get sufficient treatment (anti-virals) over the counter or is it necessary for me to come to the clinic. Thank you
Treatment for genital herpes is not available over the counter, you will need to attend clinic to be examined and for swabs to be sent to the lab to confirm the diagnosis.
Do you offer fertility tests?
For fertility testing please contact your GP. Thank you
I have just started seeing someone and he's told me he's had genital warts but still has the virus? Does this ever go? Will I catch it? What does this mean?
Genital warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV) which can be passed on during sexual contact. Not everyone who has the virus develops genital warts. For most people, including those who have visible warts, the virus will be cleared from the body over time. It’s rare for genital warts to cause any long-term health problems. Please do come and see us for a sexual health screen and we can talk to you about the HPV virus.
Is there a chance my blood test results would have come in before 7-10 days?
Yes, sometimes the results do come in sooner and we are able to inform patients of their results before 7 days. However on average it takes 7 - 10 days for results to be text to you.
In which places do you do testing for Trichomoniasis? Is it all medical centers or only a couple?
Due to the type of testing required we can test for Trichomoniasis at our clinics in Bridgwater, Taunton, Frome & South Petherton. However please do feel free to attend clinic in another location if easier as we will take a full sexual history and look at risk factors.
Do you do testing for Trichomoniasis?
Yes we do, please call for an appointment or attend one of our sit and wait clinics.
Where in Frome medical center are you located?
Our Frome clinic is held at Frome Community Hospital, Enos Way, BA11 2FH.
Will I be able to come swish this Thursday? If so what time?
We have booked appointments on a Thursday in Taunton & Frome, please call our booking line or use the online booking form to make an appointment (03001245010). Please see our times and venues via this link www.swishservices.co.uk/where-to-find-us/
I’m still awaiting some test results?
Please call us on 03001245010 and press option 2 for the Nurse Advisor. Results can take 7 -10 days.
When I couldn't wee I took paracetamol and it actually helped me wee so do you know what it could be?
I am sorry but we would need more information to give you some accurate advice, please see you GP or come to Swish if you are concerned about an STI.
When I wee it really hurts my bladder and sort of stops me weeing could this be an STI?
Yes it could be but could also be a urine infection or cystitis. We would recommend you see your GP in the first instance.
Can I get lube with the c-card?
Yes you can.
You may find the 'One Call Pregnancy Advice Line' helpful as they are open 24/7 and can arrange counselling over the phone or face to face; please call 0345 013 0124.
Can you have a sexual health check when you have your period?
Yes you can.
Is there a walk in clinic in Bridgwater on Fridays?
Our Sit and Wait clinic in Bridgwater is on a Monday between 9am and 8pm. On a Friday you can visit South Petherton clinic for Sit and Wait. For full details of our clinic times please look on our website which is updated regularly; http://swishservices.co.uk/where-to-find-us/
Hi there; do you test for ureaplasma and mycoplasma infections?
Thank you for your question, we currently do not test for Ureaplasma or Mycoplasma infections as there are currently no tests available to sexual health clinics in the UK. If you are concerned or have symptoms you would like to d iscuss, please email us your details firstname.lastname@example.org
I have tested for HIV, chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhoea 10 days ago but I have not heard anything. How can I find out about the results?
You should receive your results within 7-10 working days. Please can you email us on email@example.com with your details and we will make sure a Nurse Advisor rings you today.
Hi, I had sex with a woman the other day, it lasted a rather long time as I was drunk. However we stopped and I masturbated for a good 20 minutes really hard. I did not use a condom like a fool and I now have red spots on my foreskin and penis tip. I am not sure if it is something to do with the vigorous friction or if she had something I was unaware of. Any help or advice would be great. I also fell straight asleep and didn't wash for 8 hours.
Thanks for getting in touch. If you are concerned please ring us for an appointment on 0300 1245010.
Need condoms but can not afford them?
The Somerset C-Card is a totally free service offering condoms and sexual health information. It is available to all young people aged from 13 - 19, and in some cases up to 25, in Somerset. Please see our website for details: http://swishservices.co.uk/what-is-a-c-card/
Hi. How do I get diagnosed for PMDD?
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). You need to visit your GP who will advise you and possibly refer you to Gynaecology.
I am pregnant and want to talk about my options. Is this something you guys can help with?
Thank you for your question, yes we would be happy to discuss your options with you, however you may find the 'One Call Pregnancy Advice Line' more helpful as they are open 24/7 and can arrange counselling over the phone or face to face, please call 0345 013 0124.
Would my screening details or historic details ever be shared with another patient who has had sexual contact with me?
No, your details are confidential and we do not share them with your sexual contacts.
I’ve had a cluster of small freckle like spots on my foreskin for as long as I can remember; before I started having sexual encounters. Is it anything I should be worried about?
If these freckles are something you have always had then it is unlikely to be of concern, however it is difficulty to advise you fully so please ring the Nurse Advisor on 03001245010 (option 2) to discuss further.
Are there walk-in clinics tomorrow in Taunton?
Thank you for your question, yes we have Sit and Wait clinics all day on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Saturday mornings. Please click on the link before more information. www.swishservices.co.uk/where-to-find-us/
I had a full STI check at the begining of the month; my result was ok. If my blood test showed I was pregnant would they have told me?
We do not check for pregnancy on our blood tests, if you are concerned you might be pregnant please call or email us to make an appointment (03001245010 firstname.lastname@example.org ) or come to one of our Sit and Wait clinics.
I have been treated for chlamydia. I have repeated the test (not in clinic though) and it's negative. Do I still need to come back to the clinic to repeat the test or can I send you the results via email so you can update my files? Thanks
Hi, please can you contact our Nurse Advising team on 03001245010 (press 2) as they can read your notes and offer you the most accurate advice.
I’m underage and I feel like I’m pregnant but I will never have the time to come to SWISH. Is it possible for someone from SWISH to come to my school ASAP?
Please can you email us (email@example.com) with you name and contact details or call us on 03001245010. We will work hard to find a convenient time to see you, we also work closely with the school nursing teams so I am sure we will be able to find a good time to see you.
I have anal sex with my boyfriend. He has been tested several times for HIV and other STI tests. He is negative so we only have unsafe sex. I haven't been tested however he is the first person who I have had sex with. Am I safe?
It is great that your partner has been tested for STIs, however we would always recommend that you attend for a STI screen.It is important to look after your own health and we can also discuss with you other issues to keep you in good sexual health, for example, vaccinations, condom use, pep.
I had a STI check 10 days after sex it all came back clear , do I need another ?
We would recommend you attend again as some STIs can only be detected 2 weeks after sex and some that require a blood test can only be detected after 3 months. Please come and speak to one of our nurses who will be able to discuss with you when you need to attend.
Do you treat BV?
BV can be treated with an over the counter medication (please speak to your nearest pharmacist) if however you are concerned that it is not clearing please make an appointment at your GP or with Swish.
Can I get a routine cervical smear test done at Minehead clinic?
Unfortunately we are unable to provide cervical screening (smear test) at the Swish clinics. Please contact the medical centre where you are registered to arrange a smear test with your GP or practice nurse.
If I have an abortion, does it go on my medical record?
When you have an abortion your GP is only notified if you give consent, so this will not be on your medical records if you do not want it to be. We do not provide abortions at Swish, you can self refer for an abortion on the One Call Pregnancy Advice Line: 0345 013 0124
I am on the 28 day pill and I had unprotected sex 2 days ago. I’m now coming off the pill; will I become pregnant?
If you stop taking the pill now you are at risk of pregnancy. Please call to make an appointment for Emergency Contraception and to re-start the pill or another form of contraception (03001245010). Thank you
Hi; I've been married for 31 years. My wife had a cold sore all those years ago which reappear regularly. I now have started to get blisters around my bum that are extremely itchy and I've found that I can't stop scratching them whilst I am asleep making them very sore. Have I got genital herpes. My wife has always insisted that we don't have sex and won't kiss me whilst she has the cold sore so I am not sure. What do you suggest I do? I am to embarrassed to go to my GP.
Please contact us for an appointment via our Booking Line on 03001245010 stating you are concerned you may have Herpes. We will need to see you to make a diagnosis. We see patients regarding their sexual health everyday so while it is normal to feel a bit embarrassed, we are not embarrassed and all our staff are welcoming, friendly and non-judgemental.
I am due to have my nexplanon removed in May 2018. Am I able to have it removed earlier? And when I have it removed can I have a new one reinserted at the same appointment?
Thank you for your question, you can have in removed and re-fitted on the same day, and you can have this done before May 2018. Please call to speak to a member of our booking team 03001245010.
I went to my GP and I have been prescribed the pill. I need my prescription renewed, can I do that with you or do I need to go to my GP? I am new to the area and have not signed up to a GP surgery yet.
We suggest you register with a GP and make an appointment as your health will need to be monitored. Whilst you are waiting for the appointment you can visit us for a small supply if you are likely to run out. You can find our sit and wait times plus details of how to book an appointment on our website.
Can I get a free Gonorrhoea test?
If you come for a screening appointment and a risk of Gonorrhoea is established the test would be free.
I am a bloke and seem to get thrush at the drop of a hat. I have it at present and I am using Canesten cream but my willie is red raw and the foreskin won’t retract at all. Advice please.?
As this is a recurring issue and the cream does not seem to be effective oyu should get in touch on 0300 1245010 for an appointment.
My friend is Romanian and she is working here with her Romanian husband. How would she go about accessing contraceptive services here in the UK? What documents would she need? Can she self refer?
Your friend is able to access contraceptive and sexual health services here at Swish. She can self refer and contact us via our booking line number or online booking system.
Are STI checks free?
Yes, all contraception and sexual health services are free.
Do you deal with concerns about Erectile dysfunction due to anxiety?
We have a Psychosexual Service here at Swish, please click here to read more about it. If you think you need a referral to this service please see your GP or come in and see one of our nurses at Walk in clinic or call to make an appointment on 03001245010.
Hello, I'm using Feanolla contraception pill and bleeding already 2 months, is it normal?
Thank you for your question, irregular bleeding can occur with Feanolla, however you should be reviewed by a health professioanal to ensure there is no other cause for the bleeding.
Are there available sit and wait times before January 2018?
Yes, we have sit and wait clinics in Taunton on the morning of Wednesday 27th December and Saturday 30th December.
What are the options for abortion at 3 weeks?
For advice at any stage please call the Pregnancy Advice Line on 0345 0130124
My partner had an abortion and was tested positive for Chlamydia so had antibiotics. Now I have to take antibiotics even though I don't have Chlamydia; my partner was told I had to take them so I don't get an infection when we resume having sex.
Without knowing the full details it is hard to answer so we recommend you contact us for advice on 0300 1245010 and let us know who gave this advice and if you have had a test yourself. It is accurate that you would be at risk of Chlamydia if you continue to have unprotected sex before your partner's infection is fully cleared.
I have had the implant for about 5 months, and I’ve just started to seeing this guy and I’ve been bleeding after sex. Is this normal... help me I am freaking out.
We are sure there is nothing to worry about but it is better if you contact us to make an appointment so that we can reassure you. PLease ring us on 0300 1245010.
Hi - does your HIV test include test for P24 antigens?
Yes. We use the recommended fourth generation test, combining p24 antigen and antibody.
The GP diagnosed that I have inner and outer genital warts but said I need to get treatment at a sexual health centre. Would you be able to treat this at a walk in appointment?
We can treat genital warts at a Sit and Wait clinic, sometimes a patient may need a referral to another health professional at Swish but we can discuss that with you at clinic.
I have an STI appointment tomorrow but have my period. Can I still come and get checked?
Yes you can still have a STI check when you are on your period, so do come to your appointment tomorrow.
Can I get my implant removed at SWISH?
We will need to get some more details from you, if you aged are under 18 we are able to remove implants or aged over 18 and not able to access the service from your GP then we are able to remove implants.
Would I be able to pick up some genital wart cream without having to be examined by a nurse/doctor?
Medication is only prescribed after you have been assessed by a nurse or doctor. You will need to contact us for an appointment by phone or online, or please attend for sit and wait clinic.
I am going to be married next year. I will participate in a ceremony conducted by my religion for blessing of the marriage before hand and a requirement of this is a HIV test before. Would you be happy to test me for this?
All screening tests can be carried out if there is a risk of HIV likely. There are other corvcumstances where people require us to write a letter confirming their HIC test is negative, even when risk behavious has not taken place. There is a small charge for this type of letter but we are happy to do this for you. Please mention this when you ring to boook an appointment on 0300 1245010.
Does it feel good to have sex with the same gender?
Sexually attraction is very individual, what is important is that both you and you partner are consenting to sexual activity. Please visit the LGBT section of our website for more information on sexual activity and sexuality.
Why don’t you treat for ureaplasma? Is it an actual STI?
Unfortunately there is no currently available ureaplasma test in the UK for sexual health clinics.
How soon after chlamydia treatment can I take a retest to see if it has gone?
Chlamydia treatment is very effective, however if you wish to re-test you need to wait at least 6 weeks after treatment before re-testing for Chlamydia
When attending an appointment how much information do I have to give in regards to my sexual health?
As we are a sexual health service we do ask about your sexual history and we ask some lifestyle quetions, this is to ensure you are offered the most appropriate tests.
We see thousands of patients each year, and while it is normal to feel embarrassed talking about sex, we are not embarrassed, all our staff are friendly, welcoming and non-judgmental.
I want to check what time my appointment is on the 1st December please?
Ask Swish is anonymous so please call (03001245010) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to enquire about you appointment time.
How do I get my results?
Results will be sent to you by your chosen method (usually text) 7 - 10 days after you appointment. If you have not recieved your results it may be because we have the wrong number, please call 03001234010 and choose the Health Advisor option.
I’ve previously been on rigevidon; can I start the every day pill instead?
Hi, you will be asked to give your medical history and if suitable you will be able to switch to the Progestogen Only Pill.
My boyfriend was recently treated with Doxycycline. He took one dose late (forgot to take it in the evening but continued to take it as normal the next morning) and vomitted about an hour after taking one of the other doses. Will this affect the effectiveness of the treatment?
Please can you get your boyfriend to call our Nurse Advisors to discuss his treatment on 03001245010. Thank you
Do you have an anonymous system that can notify ex-partners to get tested?
Yes, our Nurse Advisors are able to contact ex-partners anonymously (i.e. not informing them of your name or the geographical area we are calling them from ) and advise them to attend their local sexual health service for treatment or a screen.
Do you have to have an appointment or can you just walk in?
At Swish we have booked appointments and sit and wait (walk-in) clinics. Our sit and wait clinics in Taunton are on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings. In Bridgwater the sit and wait clinics are on Monday mornings, Friday afternoons and alterate Saturday mornings. Please see the "where to find us" tab for more information.
How do you perform the STI checks?
The doctor or nurse will talk with you about your concerns / symptoms and ask about any sex you have had. It’s important to be honest about this, so that you get the test(s) and treatment you need. The test could include taking a self vaginal swab, giving a urine sample and/or blood tests It is essential that male patients haven’t passed urine (peed) for three hours before the appointment.
We only need to examine you if you have symptoms of concern.
Do you have walk in appointments?
Yes, we have sit and wait clinics in Bridgwater and Taunton. Please visit the 'where to find us' tab to see the sit and wait times.
Do you do coil removal?
If we fitted your IUD we can remove it yes. If your IUD was fitted by your GP, you need to have it removed by them. GP practices in Somerset receive money from their commissioners to fit and remove IUD's. If in doubt do call us on 03001245010.
Do your services include a gynaecologist, I want to be checked before pregnancy.
We provide contraception and sexual health services, we do not offer Midwifery or Gynae services, please contact your GP for a referral to Midwifery or Gynae services.
Thank you for your enquiry about Erectile Dysfuntion; we would recommend that you intially speak to your GP about this as they know your full medical history. If the issue requires a referral to our Psychosexual Service then your GP can refer you or you can make an appointment with one of our nurses or doctors at SWISH to discuss the psychosexual service further. Please click on the link to read more about the psychosexual service swishservices.co.uk/i-think-i-may-need-a-psychosexual-service/
How do I confirm an appointment?
You can confirm an appointment by email email@example.com or phone 03001245010
If you are over 18 do you have to pay for your contraception?
How can I get condoms?
If you are between 13 - 19yrs of age you can register for our C-card system and you can find details of this on our website. If you are older you can access condoms from any of our clinics.
I am bleeding (spotting) for than two weeks after the implant was fitted, is this normal? It is my first implant.
Some spotting and irregular bleeding is normal in the first few months after a implant fit. Please do book to come and see us for a implant review if the bleeding continues.
How do I get hold of "name withheld" who is a School Nurse , she used to come and see me for checkups but lost contact. Please help?
Thank you for your question, to contact the school nurse team in your area please visit the school nursing webpage on the Somerset Partnership website. http://www.sompar.nhs.uk/what-we-do/children-and-young-people/professional/school-nursing/school-nurse-contact-details/
I think I’m pregnant, what do I do?
Please read the "I think I might be pregnant" section of our website ( http://swishservices.co.uk/i-think-i-may-be-pregnant/ ) as this may help your decision making process and inform you of what to do next. If you would like to speak to a nurse please call to make an appointment on 03001245010.
Hi, can my genital warts be treated in pregnancy?
Yes, warts can be treated in pregnancy, please call or use the online booking form to make an appointment.
Do you have a drop in clinic? How soon are HIV results known
We have sit and wait clinics in Taunton on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings. In Bridgwater we have sit and wait clinics on a Monday morning, Friday afternoon and alternate Saturday mornings. Please click on the "Where to find us" tab to find out more. All STI test results take 7 -10 days. We also work closely with The Eddystone Trust who can provide rapid HIV testing. Please call them on 01752/254406/08003283508 for more details.
Will I get my results via text ?
Yes, if this is how you have chosen to recieve your results. Results can take 7 - 10 days, if you are concerned please call 03001245010.
Where do I go with in Bridgwater college to set my card up again?
Please visit student support at Bridgwater College to get your c-card reactivated.
Before I enter a serious relationship should I have sexual health screen?
If either of you have had any previous sexual partners then we would advise you both have sexual health screens before becoming sexually active with each other. If you have no symptoms of concern then an STI screen is a very simple consultation where you will be asked to do a pee in a pot (men) or a self-taken vaginal swab (women) and a blood test.
Do swish help with a termination?
Hi, we are able to discuss your options with you and do a pregnancy test. If you would like to speak to a counsellor or arrange a termination, then please call the Pregnancy Advice Line that operates 24 hours a day every day of the year. You can contact them on 0345 013 0124, and you do not need a referral to call them. This is a self-referral service and they will make all the arrangements for a termination with you. They are open 24 hours, 7 days a week; services are free and confidential, even if you are under 16.
I want copies of my medical notes; how do I do this?
Please click on the link to visit the " How you can access your records" section of the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's website. http://www.sompar.nhs.uk/contact-us/access-to-records/ . This Web page will take you through the process of requesting access to your notes.
I have been tested by you for STI's 6 months ago and they were all negative, but I still have pain in my penis. What do I do?
If you continue to be concerned do come and see us again. Alternatively, if you do not feel you need a repeat test, your GP may be able to help.
I haven't received my results. How long should I wait?
Your results should take 7-10 days. If you are waiting longer than this please call us on 0300 1245010.
Do you test for UTI's?
Your GP would be able to test you for any urinary infection.
Hi;my partner has been diagnosed with herpes 2, I was getting tested every few months up until last year and results were negative every time. Is it possible to have herpes but it not show up in any tests?
Herpes or HSV is a very common virius that many people have but do not realise as not everyone will get symptoms. You only need to visit our service if you have symptoms of concern. You may find the Herpes Virus Association website helpful for more information www.herpes.org.uk
How long does it take for a response to an appointment request?
We are only able to respond to online booking requests during the working week (Monday - Friday) we try to respond as quickly as possible , if you require a quicker responce please call our booking line.
What are the opening times in Taunton?
Please visit the 'Where to find us' tab on our website for a full list of opening times.
Hello, I am looking to go to the walk in clinic at bridgwater on a Saturday however it says the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. I was just wondering when the next one will be?
The next Saturday walk-in (Sit and Wait) clinic in Bridgwater is tomorrow the 26th August 2017.
I use the patch for contraception and is there a nurse available in Bridgwater at the walk in on Friday who could give it to me?
Unfortunately there isn't a nurse presciber in Bridgwater on Friday afternoon. There will be a nurse prescriber at Sit & Wait clinic in Taunton on Saturday morning and Monday morning. Alternatively please do call us to make an appointment.
When is SWISH Bath walk in times?
As Bath is in another county we do not run clinics there. The Bath sexual health service is located at the Riverside Clinic, please click on the link to find out their opening times. http://www.ruh.nhs.uk/sexualhealth/about_us/index.asp
I think I have a UTI, can I be seen by swish or should I see my GP?
Thank you for your question, please see your GP in the first instance as they are better placed to treat a UTI effectively. If you are worried about STIs please do make an appointment to see us.
I lost my virginity exactly 7 days ago and I came on my period 2 days after (I think this may have something to do with the problem). I am still quite itchy down there, it feels like it is inside but not deep. I didn't know if this had something to do with the fact that I practically started using tampons straight after having sex for the first time and whether this would irritate my vagina? A condom was used throughout and he said he was clear of sti/d's anyway. I don't know whether it is to do with the break in the hymen or whether it is something totally different. I suppose my question is why am I still itchy after 7 days, is it normal or do I need to get checked? Thanks.
Thank you for asking a question, I think it would be good for you to come and visit us and see a nurse to talk about a healthy and safe sex life and also to discuss contracpetion. Please contact us online or by phone to make an appointment.
Why haven't my test results come back; its been 3 weeks?
We try very hard to get all results to patients within 7 - 10 days, sometimes there are delays with the Lab getting results to us. If may be that we do not have the correct contact details for yourself. Please call us on 03001245010 and press option 2 to speak to a Health Advisor.
I have a problems with my period. Can I come to you for a check up?
If you are taking any contraception that we have provided for you then please do contact us for an appointment. If this is not the case, please make an appointment with your GP to discuss concerns with your periods.
Removal of coil?
Hello; if you are asking if we can remove your coil, please can you ring us on 0300 1245010.
With the text that comes back, is there reference to a date of appointment on there?
Our results text messages will not have your appointment date on them, we try to ensure that our result messages are as clear and succinct as possible.
I constantly get thrush, I have tried creams. It goes but comes back.
Recurring Thrush can be frustrating, we would advise you to visit your GP as you may require a longer regime of treatment, if you for some reason are unable or unhappy to visit your Gp than please contact us for an appointment.
Can I walk-in and ask for a morning after pill?
Yes you can come to a sit and wait clinic for emergency contraception. Our sit and wait clinic times are available on the website. However, you can also visit your local pharmacy who can also supply this for you.
Do your services include the well woman services?
No we do not provide the well woman service.
I've been seeing a girl for a few months now, just been tested if my test comes back positive can I get treatment for her as well as myself ?
If your tests come back and you require treatment we will treat you and ask that you girlfriend also attends the clinic so that we can screen and treat her as necessary. Your girlfriend will need to be seen by a health professional we do not give out medication for people who have not attended clinic.
I had a Sti test two weeks ago and I still haven't received my results. I've rang 3 times and left messages and no one has got back to me!!
We work hard to respond to all messages left on our answer phone. When we call you back the number which will be displayed starts with 0330, many patients ignore or reject our calls as they believe them to be nuisance calls. Please do answer a call you recieve starting with 0330. Thank you
Hi, I had medication prescribed to me out of your Bridgwater branch. The infection is better but has not cleared , how can I get more medication perscribed?
Pleased to hear things have improved, please give us a call on the booking line number and choose option 2 and speak to one of our Health Advisors who can discuss your treatment with you.
Are you doing test for ureaplasma parvum and ureaplasma urealyticum ?
We currently do not test for ureaplasma, please do make an appointment with us if you would like to discuss your sexual health or have symptoms of concern.
Please could you tell me if my results are there yet...I was in SWISH last friday....my name is (Name withheld).
Your results are not yet available from the Lab; results can take 7 - 10 days. We will text you with your results as soon as they are made available.
I am a medic, and I am working in a hospital in Uganda in Aug and Sept this year. I have been advised to consider taking a course of PEP with me, in case of needle stick injury from an HIV infected patient. Do you think this is necessary, and if so, can I obtain the drugs from your clinic?
Unfortunately we can only supply PEP following sexual exposure. We would suggest speaking with your Occupational Health team about access to these drugs and the need to take them with you.
Does the Taunton swish at Millstream house have parking?
There is a pay and display car-park adjacent to Millstream House. Unfortunately we do not have free patient parking.
Why can't I ejaculate?
There may be many reasons for this. We would recpmmend you visit your GP in the first instance.
What are your opening times in Taunton?
We are open 6 days a week at Millstream House in Taunton, please click the "Where to find us" tab and the opening times for Millstream House will be displayed.
How quick can I have an Hepatitis C test? been in a relationship just over 3 weeks.
Thank you for your question, to offer you the most appropriate tests we need to take a medical and lifestyle history as well as a full sexual history. As you have been in a sexual relationship for 3 weeks we would advise you make an appointment at Swish for a STI screen and then we can discuss with you if a Hepatitis C test is appropriate for you.
My girlfriend is from Switzerland and currently living with me in the UK, she wants to get the coil and we're wondering if she can get it inserted in the uk? Thanks
We can only provide emergency contraception for overseas patients. If your girlfriend is registered to a GP while living with you they may be able to help although not all practices offer this service.
I have Phimosis but it's not severe enough in my opinion to warrant a full circumcision and I'm interested in Preputioplasty surgery. Is this something you can advise me on?
Thanks for getting in touch; you will need to seek advise from your GP who can refer you for surgery.
Are you open on a Saturday?
Yes we are open every Saturday morning at Millstream House in Taunton. The clinic is open from 9.15am to 12.30pm, it is a sit and wait clinic and there are a limited number of slots available.
We also run a sit and wait clinic at Bridgwater Hospital on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 9.15am - 12.30pm. There is also a booked clinic at South Petherton hospital on the first Saturday of the month.
Should I suffer from premature ejaculation where should I go for advice/treatment?
Thank you for your enquiry, we would recommend that you intially speak to your GP about this as they know your full medical history. If the issue requires a referral to our Psychosexual Service then your GP can refer you, or you can make an appointment with one of our nurses or doctors at SWISH to discuss the Psychosexual service further. Please click on the link on our website called " I think i may need a Psychosexual service " to find out more information.
How can I get rid of genital warts?
If you think you have genital warts please contact us make an appointment. Treatment is either freezing the warts in clinic or giving you some cream or liquid treatment to use at home.
How long do I need to get tested from the last direct contact with someone ?
Thank you for your question, you need to wait two weeks from sexual contact to be tested for some STIs, if you have symptoms of concern please attend sooner. Please call or use the booking form to make an appointment with us.
How do we become a C-Card issuer?
Please click on the Professionals Section of the website (top right hand corner of home page) and register. In the Professionals Section you will find the Somerset Sexual Health Training Programme which has detailed all the C-card courses ,dates and locations, it will also inform you how to register for a course
Dear Swish, for what types of ureaplasma, mycoplasma, chlamydia, herpes, HPV, trichomonas, staphylococcus, escherichia coli do you do test from male penis?
At Swish we offer a range of tests based on sexual history. We do not currently test for ureaplasma or mycoplasma and we do not routinely test men for trichomoniasis or staphylococcus or esceherichia coli, however these can be done if symptoms indicate a need.
Chlamydia is tested for routinely via a urine sample in males, Herpes is only tested for if there are symptoms present. Swabs are not routinely taken from the penis as our commonly done tests can be done on a urine sample, however if symptoms are present, a swab may be taken from the penis to help us make a diagnosis.
To carry out the correct tests we would need to discuss your sexual history with you.
My new boyfriend and I had sex for the first time on Sunday and on Monday one of his testicles became swollen, they were a bit better the following evening but now both testicles are swollen. Does this sounds like STI symptoms? He has no other signs or symptoms.
Thank you for asking the question and contacting Swish, to ensure we are giving the right advice we do need to see your partner for a consultation. Please phone us on our booking line number between 9 - 5pm or email us via the "book appointment" tab to make an appointment.
Can you get lube with the C-card?
Yes, lubricant is provided by the C-card programme.
Can a test still be carried out if you are on your period?
Yes tests can be carried out at any time.
With a hormonal IUD/IUS, is it normal for menstrual cramps to become more like contractions? Or is this a problem I should see a doctor about?
We would need more information so it is best to ring us and speak to a Doctor on 0300 1245010.
Can I get my pills from you or do I need to go to my GP?
We can supply you with the contraceptive pill if needed for contraception. However, if your original prescription came from your GP and you simply need a repeat prescription it is best to go back to your surgery if you want to continue taking the same pill and have had no issues with it..
Does this service remove implants?
If we fitted your implant we can remove it yes. If your implant was fitted by your GP, you need to have it removed by them. Occasionally implants can be hard to remove and there is a regional clinic that your GP can refer to if this is the case. GP practices in Somerset receive money from their commissioners to fit and remove implants. If your practice is not part of this arrangement we may be able to help once we have checked this out and spoken with our commissioners. If in doubt do call us on 03001245010.
Do you remove IUDs at your clinic?
If we fitted your IUD we can remove it yes. If your IUD was fitted by your GP, you need to have it removed by them. GP practices in Somerset receive money from their commissioners to fit and remove IUD's. If your practice is not part of this arrangement we may be able to help once we have checked this our and spoken with our commissioners. If in doubt do call us on 03001245010.
I haven't had my results back yet.
Reuslts can take 7-10 days but if yours have been longer do call us on 0300 1245010.
I have a strong smelling yellow discharge and my partners Penis burns after urinating. What's wrong?
You both need to come in for a full screen and possibly treatment. Please refer to our clinic locations for our sit and wait clinics or call us on 0300 1245010 to make appointments.
I'm really worried that I'm pregnant, it's too late to get the morning after pill so I really don't know what to do!
I would suggest you ring us as soon as possible on 0300 1245010 and we can advise you. Our phone line is open from 9am until 5pm so do call us today.
How can I book an appointment without ringing? The 'book an appointment' via email still isn't working .
Thank you for your question, the online appointment request service is working, however it is only answered during office hours. You will get a response from one of our team shortly.
Can I get same day results?
If you have a STI screen, the results will take 7 - 10 days. If you have symptoms of concern then some STIs can be diagnosed the same day. Please do make an appointment and the nurse or doctor will discuss this with you.
How do I get tested?
Please call us or email us to book an appointment for a STI screen, or please come to one of our sit and wait clinics.
Do you remove implants
Yes we do remove implants, please contact us to make an appointment.
I am trying to get a result but all I get is for me to leave a message.surely there must be a human being to reply
Thank you for your question. We run clinics 6 days a week in Taunton and the answer machine is used when the nursing staff are busy seeing patients. We do retrive the messages from the answer machine every day and respond to them as quickly as possible.
What time do you open
Please click the "where to find us" tab on the website to see all our locations and opening times.
Can you have sex a day after having the implant if you are using the withdrawal method?
If the implant was fitted during the first 5 days of a normal period it will work immediately, however if it was fitted at any other time in your cycle it will take 7 days to work. The withdrawal method is not a reliable form of contracpetion and we would recommend that if it was fitted at any other time in your cycle, then you attend one of our clinics for emergency contraception or your local pharmacist or GP.
Sex is still painful for me after 3 months, why is this?
Thank you for your question, there can be many different reasons why sex is painful for you, it is important that you come and see us or your GP to allow us to ask you some questions to see what the cause maybe. Please call or make an appointment via the book appointment tab.
I have the implant. I still get periods that last a few weeks and are painful and heavy
Please do come back to clinic and see us so we can discuss the problem and the options open to you. Please call or click on the book appointment tab and complete the questionaire.
When will free HIV hometests be available in somerset? As other parts of the country already have them?
We would recommend you get in touch with Eddystone Trust for information about free local rapid testing. You can contact them on 0800 3283208. You can purcahse an HIV test online at https://hivselftest.co.uk/. SWISH does not have access to free online HIV testing at this stage.
I need to have my contraceptive implant removed and be prescribed alternative contraception (oestrogen based pill). Is this something I can have done at one of your clinics?
If you had your implant fitted with us you, or have moved to the area, you can have it removed in one of our clinics. You can make an appointment via our website or by calling 0300 1245010.
Can someone come with me?
If you would like someone to attend your appointment with you of course this is acceptable. The clinician may want to see you briefly by yourself but if you are concerned do get in touch with us by calling 0300 1245010.
I'm currently on the depo injection and would like the implant. I don't have any periods currently so when is it best to have the implant fitted?
Thank you for your question, It is best to have the implant fitted before your injection runs out (14 weeks after it was given) this means there will be no break in your contraception. Please call our booking line or email us at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk to make an appointment for a implant consultation.
Who is a card issuer for the C-Card in Bridgwater?
Please visit the young people's section of this website and click on Condom Issue Points. Listed under the sub-heading of Bridgwater is all the C-card issue points, including Swish, Bridgwater College, Lloyds Pharmacy and Superdrug.
Where can I get an implant removed under USS?
Please can you email or call us to discuss this further, it is very uncommon to need a implant removed under an Ultrasound Scan (USS) and we would need more information from you to ensure we are providing or directing you to the right service. Please email SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk or call 03001245010.
I had genital herpes 20 years ago and was treated at the time. I have never had a further outbreak but I have since been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and am now being investigated for CFS/ME and chronic migraine. Could these be related or could the herpes virus be causing these symptoms?
Thank you for your question, if you would like to attend and discuss your diagnosis of the herpes virus then please contact us to make an appointment with the Health Advisor.
Where can I have my implant taken out?
You can come to Swish to have you implant removed. Please call or email us to make an appointment.
I'm currently taking antibiotics; do I need to wait before being tested?
Thank you for your question, it is preferable that wait two weeks after stopping antibiotics to have a STI screen. However if you have symptoms that are concerning you please do come for a STI as soon as you can.
It has been over two weeks since my screening and I haven't received a text! Does this mean I have a sexually transmitted disease?
Please do ring us on 0300 1245010 for your results. It can take 7-10 days to receive results.
My partner has a contraceptive implant, and neither of us have STIs (were recently checked for Chlamydia). Are there still any risks of having regular unprotected (by which I mean no condoms) sex?
The implant is a very effective form of contraception which will protect you from unplanned pregnancy. A chlamydia test only tests for chlamydia, and as not all STIs have signs or symptoms it is important to have a full STI test with every change of partner. Please call or email us to make an appointment if you think you and your partner need a full STI test.
I'm concerned about the size of my labia is this something you deal with or is that strictly for a GP?
Thank you for your question, we would recommed you visit your GP as you first point of contact to establish if there is a concern of if it just normal genitalia.
I work in a School for boys within Somerset and I would like to train in the C-card scheme but I cant find a course. Please can you advise?
Please click on the Professionals Section of the website (top right hand corner of home page) and register. In the Professionals Section you will find the Somerset Sexual Health Training Programme which has detailed all the C-card courses ,dates and locations, it will also inform you how to register for a course.
C-Card; how do you get one for free condoms?
C-card is available at Swish clinics and at many other places around Somerset including some schools and all colleges. Please visit the young peoples section of this website and click on C-card and you will find a list of regisration and issues places.
Its been a week yesterday and I still haven't had a text about my results ? Can I call up and find out if they are back?
Please do ring us on 0300 1245010. It can take 7-10 days to receive results.
Hello, my boyfriend and I have been together for 7 months now and both of us are free from any sexually transmitted diseases and we are loyal to each other and not in an open relationship. However, I still feel paranoid about being infected via accidents etc because I've read comments online that some people can be infected even doing non sexual and low- to no risk activities such as sharing toothpaste or touching dried bodily fluids. Should I seek mental health advice or is this a result of being too cautious about my health and well-being? Thank you.
If you have any concern about your sexual health you should book an appointment by ringing us on 0300 1245010.
I have had a relationship for 5 years with one person, my new partner was with someone for 6 years and they only been with each other. I thought that since we were both Symptom free of any sign of STI's we were both clear, however talking got us thinking is there a possibility STI's can lay non symptomatic for over 5 years?
We would advise you come in for screening if you are worried. You can contact us on 0300 1245010 to make an appointment and explain you have no symptoms but require screening.
One week after a sexual encounter I had a full STI screening, was that enough time lapse for HIV to be checked?
If you had your screen with SWISH you should have been advised that a re-test would be needed after 12 weeks. You can find more information on our website following this link http://swishservices.co.uk/hiv-aids/
I've found a painful white/cream coloured area on my vagina, it also hurts when peeing. Is it possible to have it checked out?
Please get in touch with us on 0300 1245010 to make an appointment.
Someone I've slept with has had two 'inconclusive' hep B results. What does this mean and should I be worried?
An inconclusive result may be caused by many factors, including laboratory error. If you are concerned about your own sexual health you should make an appointment for a full screen by calling 0300 1245010.
How soon can I be tested for Hepatitis? I've been tested for HIV all clear; would I have been tested for Hepatitis then too? I've been feeling tired alot for a while and achy is this a sign of Hepatitis?
If you are not sure what your screening included you should contact the clinic to make enquiries; it will hev been dependent on your history and symptoms at the time of attending. If your screen was with SWISH please ring us on 0300 1245010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you moved from Musgrove Park Hospital?
Yes, in April 2016 the Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) services from Musgrove and Yeovil hospitals came together with the Contraceptive and Sexual Health (CASH) service to provide this new service, known as Swish, in various locations around Somerset, we are committed to providing equal access to sexual health and contraceptive services in Somerset.
Please visit our 'where to find us page' to find a clinic near you.
Do you not now do a walk in clinic at Musgrove Park Hospital as a friend told me yesterday?
There is no longer a GUM clinic at Musgrove Park Hospital. From the 1st April 2016 our new service known as the Somerset Wide Integrated Sexual Health Service launched, we aim to provide a ‘one stop shop’ offering free and open-access to sexual health and contraceptive services to support healthy sexual and reproductive choices.
Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) services from Musgrove and Yeovil hospitals came together with the Contraceptive and Sexual Health (CASH) service to provide this new service in various locations around Somerset, we are committed to providing equal access to sexual health and contraceptive services in Somerset.
Please visit our 'where to find us page' to find a clinic near you.
Taunton opening times
You can find our Taunton clinic details by following this link http://swishservices.co.uk/where-to-find-us/
Hi; are you open Saturday mornings?
Thank you for your question, our main clinic at Millstream House in Taunton is open every Saturday morning. We also have a Saturday morning clinic at Bridgwater Hospital on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month and a morning clinic at South Petherton Hospital on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.
Please visit the 'Where to find us' section of the website to find clinic addresses and opening times.
I have had a text saying "Everything is ok". I was just wondering if that meant for all tests carried out including HIV or HIV test is separate? Thank you.
Thank you for your question, we only send result text messages out when we have all of your results back from the laboratory. So your message does mean that all of your tests, including HIV are ok.
How can I train to become a C Card distributor?
If you email us your details to email@example.com we can give you more details.
Hello, I live in university halls and I discovered that the previous tenant that lived in my room left behind some semen underneath and the wall under it. I am certain that it is dry semen and I'm just wondering if it still poses of danger when it comes to transmitting STI's or viruses? Because the area of the desk which has the dry bodily fluid is where I put my hands whenever I pull my chair closer to my desk when I'm studying. I'm just scared about it since my hands will sometimes be dry and cracks.
Please be reassured that you are not at risk of any STIs, we would recommend you get some rubber gloves and cleaning products and give the wall a good clean.
Have to have a coil removed
Please phone our booking line on 03001245010 or email us at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk to make an appointment for a coil removal.
I attended the frome clinic on the 12th January and requested to have my results via text, my number was checked with me 3 times that it was correct. It's been 12 days and I have not had any results, does this mean everything is clear?
It seems something has gone w rong with your results as you should have received them by now. Can you email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with your details so that we can look into this for you?
I have what I think is wart on my penis. I have had it for about 4 years now ever since I had the snip. I have spoken to the doctor and he told me to visit a clinic of which I cant remember. Was wondering if I'm in the right place what to do?
To make an appointment you need to contact us on 0300 1245010 between 9am-3pm. You can make an appointment at one of our venues and can find details of clinic locations on our website.
How can I get tested for an STI?
You should be able to find all of the information you need on our website; you can ring us on 0300 1245010 to make an appointment and come to one of our venues for full screening.
I am 24 and I had unprotected sex end of November, I bled the morning after for a couple days. Then I woke up Christmas day morning to lots of blood which was a dark brown colour and had a lot of discomfort in my lower part of my stomach. My mum thought I was possibly going through a miscarriage, new years eve I stopped taking my pill (gedarel 30/150) and had my usual breakthrough bleeding. It finished Tuesday just gone. I took the pill Wednesday morning and since Wednesday around 7pm I have been bleeding again. I am really worried but I am not registered at a doctors. Can you help please?
Please call us on 0300 1245010 to make an appointment as there are several reasons why this may be happening.
If I attend one of your clinics,can i stay anonymous or do I have to give personal details?
You can choose to give minimal details such as first name and date of birth as identify or you can give a fictitous name if you prefer; if you do these please remember the name given so that we can recall your records for future treatment.
I've stopped the depo injection as myself and my partner was to start trying for a baby. I've started having regular periods again and just wondering if there is any type of tests to see if the depo is fully out of my system
Thank you for your question. There can be a delay of up to a year before the return of you periods and fertility after stopping the injection. There are no tests to see if Depo "is out of your system".
How do I get my results from you? When I called it guided me to an answerphone.
Thank you for your question, results are sent out 7 - 10 days after you have attended clinic via your chosen method (usually text). If you are concerned please leave message on the Health Advisor line or email us with your details at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk and one of the Health Advisors will contact you.
I've been diagnosed with herpes. My boyfriend went to get tested for it to but was asked a load of questions and told he didn't need to be tested for it. He explained that I have more than one medical condition and the nurse told him it was basically my bodies immune system being low and couldn't fight off the bacteria. I just want to know if this is correct or not.
If your boyfriend did not have symptoms during his visit he would not have needed a test. If you have ongoing concerns it may be helpful if you arrange an appointment to meet and talk with a Health Advisor together. You can ring us on 0300 1245010 to arrange this.
I suffer from ED (erectile dysfunction). Can SWISH help me?
Thank you for your enquiry, we would recommend that you intially speak to your GP about this as they know your full medical history. If the issue requires a referral to our Psychosexual Service then your GP can refer you or you can make an appointment with one of our nurses or doctors at SWISH to discuss the psychosexual service further. Please click on the link to read more about the psychosexual service swishservices.co.uk/i-think-i-may-need-a-psychosexual-service/
I suffer from ED. Can SWISH help me?
Thank you for your enquiry about ED (Erectile Dysfuntion); we would recommend that you intially speak to your GP about this as they know your full medical history. If the issue requires a referral to our Psychosexual Service then your GP can refer you or you can make an appointment with one of our nurses or doctors at SWISH to discuss the psychosexual service further. Please click on the link to read more about the psychosexual service swishservices.co.uk/i-think-i-may-need-a-psychosexual-service/
I have had a contraceptive implant for 9 years. Previously I've had them replaced just before they expired. This one ran out in September and I didn't realise (moved house and lost the paper work with the date on it). Last week I had an unexpected encounter and he didn't wear a condom. Not having had a period for 9 yrs I'm worried I might be pregnant. Have been having some odd symptoms which are either period type symptoms without the bleeding or I'm pregnant. Being on my own I'm terrified, too scared to take a pregnancy test by myself. Am I worrying for no reason? Please help.
Thank you for contacting us, to ensure we are giving you the correct advice and guidance we would like to speak to you either over the phone or in person. Please could you email us at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk with your original question (above) and with your name and contact details and one of our nurses will contact you today to chat through this with you.
Hi I am a 66 year old bi male, I have not engaged in sexual intercourse for 2 years - I have been diagnosed by my GP as having 5 anal warts and advised to attend your clinic - is this something that you deal with and would I be able to have a full STI check done?
Thank you for your question, please contact us to make an appointment with one of our doctors who can treat your warts, we will also offer you a full STI screen at the appointment. Please call our booking line on 03001245010 or email us at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk.
I live in Sherborne; is it possible to still be able to come to your clinic in south petherton to be tested?
Thank you for your question, yes you are very welcome to attend the South Petherton Clinic. Please call the booking line or email us at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk to make an appointment. Dorset does have a sexual health service, please click the link to see their locations and times as this service maybe closer to home http://www.sexualhealthmot.co.uk
If I prefer not to have a cervical screen "smear" at the GP surgery (eg. due to personally knowing staff) where else can I access this service?
Unfortunately we are no longer commissioned to provide cervical screening, you will need to access this service through your GP. We would advise requesting an individual GP or practice nurse who you do not know personally to perform you cervical screening.
Do you guys do C Cards at your Yeovil/South Petherton clinic?
Yes we offer c-card at all of our venues.
I need contraception.
If you ring our booking line on 0300 1245010 and let them know what you need we can make you an appointment or suggest an alternative.
I have a letter about cervical smear and want to have done at Yeovil family planning clinic.
Unfortunately we are no longer commissioned to carry out routine cervical smears and you will need to visit your GP.
Can I have the implant removed?
We do remove implants at SWISH, please call our booking line or email us at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk to make an appointment.
Hi; I have been taking the pill after giving birth. I never had a period before taking them and been taking them for just over a week and I am bleeding; could this be my period and should I stop take the pill?
Stopping your contraception can put you at risk of pregnancy, please call or email us at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk with this question and your contact details and one of our nurses can ring you back to discuss the bleeding with you.
I had a copper coil fitted 3 weeks ago, and have been bleeding since that. Should I get it checked?
It is not uncommon to have some irregular bleeding for a few months after a copper coil is fitted. You should have an appointment for a coil check 6 weeks after the fit, please ensure that you have a coil check appointment with us. If you are concerned please do email or call the booking line to make an appointment sooner.
When is my appointment?
Hello - askSWISH is anonymous and we cannot identify who you are. Please ring the booking loine on 0300 1245010 or email email@example.com with your details and we can let you know your appointment date, time and venue.
Hello, I've had a missed call from someone regarding my results but every time I try phoning back it just keeps saying "health assistant not available". Is there any other easier way of getting hold of someone?
Hello - if you email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org we will ask someone to ring you today.
Do you do abortions?
We do not perform abortions at SWISH, we can offer you a pregnancy test and discuss your options with you. If you are a Somerset resident you can call the One Call Pregnancy Advice Line on 0345 013 0124; it is a self-referral service and they will make all the arrangements for an abortion with you. They are open 24 hours, 7 days a week; services are free and confidential, even if you are under 16.
Last night I shaved my genitals and I now have a painful lump on the labia minora, what shall I do about this? I'm also 20 Weeks pregnant.
Hello, it is likely to be an ingrown hair, but you should come and see us to make sure. We have sit and wait clinic in Taunton this morning. For other times and venues you can check our website.
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Thank you for letting us know We offer STI testing and the full range of contraceptive options at clinics around Somerset, so don't forget to come and see us at one of our booked clinics or one of our sit and wait clinics.
Can I have my Mirena coil taken out at the clinic in Glastonbury?
Yes you can have a Mirena coil removed at the Glastonbury clinic at West Mendip Hosptial. Please call our booking line or email us at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk to make an appointment. If you require another method of contraception you may need two appointments to ensure you are not left without effective contraception.
I always used to have my cervical smear screening done at the family planning clinic as found they were much better than staff at GPs. Am I right in thinking that you no longer offer this service? If you do not I think that is a real shame
Unfortunately we are not commissioned to provide cervical screening (smear test) at the SWISH clinics. Please contact the medical centre where you are registered to arrange a smear test with your GP or practice nurse.
Can a mouth cold sore cause genital sore?
Certain types of Herpes can be transferred yes. If you have a sore on your genital area you should arrange to come in to clinic as soon as possible. We have sit and wait clinic available at Millstream every Saturday morning.
7 days after starting the pill, I had sex and he ejaculated in me. Am I okay or do I need emergency contraception?
Could you please email us ASAP at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk with your contact details (including the question above) so one of our nurses can contact you. We will need to ask you a few questions to ascertain if you require emergency contraception or not.
I came in last week with a very red itchy anus and was swabbed to check for Herpes. The results came back negative but I didn't have any open blisters or sores. Since I have developed headaches and fever also all over body itching; should I come in for blood tests to check for the herpes virus?
We would recommend that you make an appointment to come back to SWISH for a review of your symptoms with one of our Doctors. Alternatively you could visit your GP. Please email us at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk or call the booking line to make an appointment; we can also discuss at the appointment the appropriate tests to undertake.
What details do I have to give can I give a made up name?
Yes you can give a 'made up' name and date of birth. You will be allocated with a patient number for our service and it is a good idea to keep a record of this number and the 'made up' name you choose for future visits.
I recently found out I have chlamydia and after talking to the person who gave it to me, realised I'd had it for over a year. I'm worried as I know after a long period of time it is possible for it to make you infertile. Is it possible to check whether it's made me infertile or not?
Thank you for your question. If you have had chlamydia you will not be offered any routine tests to see if you are infertile unless you and your partner are having difficulty in getting pregnant, please do visit your GP if you are concerned about fertilty.
Please do make an appointment with SWISH for chlamydia treatment if you have yet to obtain treatment or if you wish to discuss chlamydia further.
I'm am under age and I think am pregnant but I don't want a baby how do I get a abortion?
If you make an appointment to see us we can confirm if you are pregnant and talk to you about your options. Can you email us today on email@example.com and we can arrange an appointment?
What do you check for when you do a full screen?
We screen for Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia and HIV. We do not screen for Hepatitis A,B or C or Herpes unless there is a specific need to do so.
If I had an appointment for full screening at Minehead on a Tuesday at 1:30pm, what time could I expect to be finished?
Our appointments for a full screen generally take 30 minutes.
It's not a question but I recently visited the Taunton walk in clinic and due to a lot of people showing up I was there for 3 hours. I was petrified when I went in at 9am but I was made a cup of tea and was seen by a lady called Karen who I cannot praise enough for being supportive and so friendly it just made everything about the experience a whole lot easier!
Thanks you so much for your feedback. We know our sit and wait clinics can be very busy and we are glad our staff made the experience positive.
I came in a few weeks ago for an STI check; would I have been tested for herpes as general practice?
Unless you had symptoms at the time and a full examination with swab was undertaken, Herpes would not have been included. If you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details your consultation can be checked. Or you can ring us on 03001245010 to arrange another appointment.
I had a pregnancy test at your clinic a few weeks ago that came back negative, I still haven't come on my period; should I come in and have another one to double check?
Thank you for your question. Please do come back to clinic to see one of our nurses or doctors if you are concerned. Please call the booking line or email us at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk to make an appointment. Alternatively please come to one of our 'sit and wait' clinics, times are locations can be found on the 'where to find us' section of the website.
Do I need an appointment to pick up another course of the pill?
Thank you for your question, we have appointments and sit and wait clinics for repeat contraception. Please call us or email us at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk. We do have a few appointments left this Friday afternoon in Taunton for contraception, please email or call us ASAP.
Last time I attended the SWISH clinic I was given some free condoms - unfortunately these were flavoured condoms which I find really unpleasant and therefore will not use. Can swish provide free ordinary condoms?
We apologise that you were given condoms that you did not request, we have a variety of different condoms available in clinic; this includes ribbed, trim, large, latex free and regular condoms. Please do visit the clinic again to pick up condoms that suit you best.
Why is there no longer a clinic at Musgrove ?
From 1st April 2016 our new service known as the Somerset Wide Integrated Sexual Health Service launched, we aim to provide a ‘one stop shop’ offering free and open-access to sexual health and contraceptive services to support healthy sexual and reproductive choices.
Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) services from Musgrove and Yeovil hospitals came together with the Contraceptive and Sexual Health (CASH) service to provide this new service in various locations around Somerset, we are committed to providing equal access to sexual health and contraceptive services in Somerset.
Please visit our 'where to find us page' to find a clinic near you.
My phone was out of service for the week I was expecting results on some STI tests - is there a way I can get the results without having to go back to the clinic?
If you email your details to our confidential email email@example.com we can get your results to you. Alternatively you can contact us on 03001245010.
I'm 41; can I still get condoms free?
Yes you can in one of two ways. you can either visit the website of our partner agency where you will find a form to fill out. If you meet the criteria you may be eligible for free condoms https://www.eddystone.org.uk/free-condoms. Alternatively you can register at one of our clinics and you can find the detail of venues and times on the website.
I think I may be pregnant and need a medical abortion quickly. What should I do?
You should contact the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) on 03457 304030.
I had sex while using a condom with a new partner for the first time, but unprotected oral. I think I see symptoms that may not be there. Would I be likely to have caught something if they had something or am I worried for no reason?
Oral sex is one of the ways an STI could be passed on. Therefore it would be a good idea for you to get in touch to receive screening rather than continue to worry. You can contact us on 0300 1245010.
I have all the symptoms of genital herpes; I went to the doctor several days ago and he said it might be thrush (did not look) - and gave me canesten which hasn't helped, its getting more and more painful and difficult to walk. I have had unprotected sex recently, so it is likely to be an STI I think? Is it worth me coming in for treatment for herpes, or is there none?
You should make an appointment for a full screen so that we can advise and treat you appropriately. Please get in touch on 0300 1245010.
I regularly attended the clinic in Taunton musgrove with a recurrent problem. Will the same staff be there at the new clinic as I'm extremely anxious about explaining everything again?
Some of the GU staff who worked at Musgrove Park Hopsital are now with us at SWISH. There are also additional new colleagues. When we receive your information during the appointment we should be able to access your previous information to limit the need for repeat questions. We would be asking for up-to-date information. If you remain concerned do contact us on SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk.
What are your times and days for walk-in at Taunton clinic?
At Millstream we have Walk in Sit and Wait clinics on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings 9am - 11am.
At a clinic, I was diagnosed with Thrush. After using the pessary given to me I've had no improvement in a week, what do I do?
Thank you for your question, please call or email us to make an appointment so we can review your results and your symptoms.
I have diabetes type 2 and seek help with impotence.
Thank you for your question, we would recommend that you intially speak to your GP about this as they know your full medical history. If the issue requires a referral to our Psychosexual Service then your GP can refer you or you can make an appointment with one of our nurses or doctors to discuss the psychosexual service further.
Does your Taunton clinic have a car park?
Yes it does - there is a pay and display car park immediately next to our Millstream building. You can find direction on our website.
I've been spotting for 3 weeks straight. I'm on the combined pill and just had the break where I only had a one day period. I started the pill again yesterday. This is the first break from the pill as last time I went straight on to the next packet. I was ill for 2 weeks when the spitting started and went to the doctors but they didn't know what was wrong. I'm no longer ill but my vagina is tender and itchy these last couple of days. Is this an infection? What should I do?
Thank you for your question. There can be many reasons why you have been bleeding while you have been taking your pill. To make sure we are offering you the right advice please can you call the booking line or email us at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk to make and appointment to come and see one of our nurses or doctors
How do I make a complaint?
If you are unhappy with the service you have received, it is important to let us know so that we can improve.
If you are unhappy, please talk to any member of staff who is looking after you. You can also ask for the service manager, and speak to them directly. If you raise an issue directly with a member of staff, they may be able to sort it out immediately.
However, if you are worried about doing this, or if you want to do this when you are back at home, you can contact us directly at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk or you can contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01278 432022. Alternatively you can write to;
Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
PALS, Mallard Court, Express Park
Bristol Road, Bridgwater, TA6 4RN
I don't like blood tests, can I have a screening without a blood test?
Some STI tests do not require your blood to be taken, for example, testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea usually requires a urine sample from men and a self-taken vaginal swab from women. However testing for some other sexual transmitted infections including HIV and syphilis does require a blood test. You are free to refuse to have your blood taken, however our staff are very experienced at taking blood we would always recommend having a full STI screen
I need to book an abortion, Can't do it over the phone .. Am I able to do online? It is affecting my mental health
To arrange an abortion you need to speak to the One Call Pregnancy Advice Line on 0345 013 0124; it is a self-referral service and they will make all the arrangements with you. If you are unable to call them, please email us at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk with your details and phone number and we will arrange for the One Call Pregnancy Advice Line to call you.
Have green discharge no smell and haven't had sex in a while.
To be certain we are advising the appropriate treatment, please could you make an appointment to come and see us by ringing 0300 1245010.
I just wanted you to know that I visited your clinic today. All of the staff that I encountered were professional, friendly and sympathetic which is just what you need when going to somewhere like this. I was really nervous but after my visit today I had absolutely no reason to be at all. It was a really good experience, even if I didn't want to actually go!
We really appreciate your feedback. Thank you from the SWISH team.
I think I have a tampax stuck inside me. Can you help?
Tampons if left in can become compressed at the top of your vagina, this can make it difficult for you to feel the tampon or pull it out. Please phone our booking line or email us at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk to make an appointment to have it removed.
I have a red rash on penis head and think it is Balantis. Is there a cure I can get over the counter? I am 72 years of age and cannot go to my doctor; please advise.
If you have symptoms that you are worried about, it is best to attend clinic for an examination in order to correctly identify the problem and provide appropriate treatment. Your consultation would not be discussed with your GP without your permission. Call us on our booking line to make an appointment or email us directly at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk.
I work as a sex worker, do you offer a comprehensive sexual health check?
Yes we can offer you a full sexual health check. You would receive your results 7-10 days later. Please get in touch to arrange an appointment.
I'm torn between the injection and the coil...any advice or recommendations? I have 2 beautiful boys already and not planning on having anymore. I've heard horror stories about the coil and being able to feel it during intercourse!! Any advice?
Thank you for getting in touch. We can offer you an appointment for a consultation during which we can chat about your options, and reassure you about both of these methods of contraception. You can call us on our booking line to make an appointment or email us directly at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk.
Yeah I'd like to know if anyone ever answers your phones? 11 calls made today trying to book an appt and not a single one answered!
We are really sorry you have had trouble getting through. Our booking line is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm. At busy times, you will be offered a call back service. If you are unable to get through or need to contact us outside of these hours, do email us directly at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk.
Where do I go to get my repeat pills? I have been coming to The Crescent to get my pills for years, and now the phone number does not work and I am not sure where to go?
We are sorry you have not been able to get hold uf us at The Crescent. On 1 April 2016 we moved to our new integrated clinic on Castle Street which is a very short walk from The Crescent. You can find directions on our website or contact us on our new number, 0300 1245010, for an appointment.
Hi, I have started taking the maexni combin pill since Monday 27th June, all week I have been feeling ill, diarrhoea , was sick twice Tuesday morning after taking the pill at 9pm Monday. Is this a side effect to the pill, if so what should I do?
Your symptoms may be as a result of a virus and hopefully have started to ease. However, if you are still expereincing them and feel they may be a side-effect of the medication, please get in touch with us via our booking line.
I have trouble getting wet before sex, this never used to be an issue with my boyfriend but now we have been together 8 months it is very rare I am physically aroused before sex. This correlates with me starting the mini pill Desogestrel, when we used condoms I had a higher sex drive and had no problem getting wet. Could it be my contraception that is affecting this?
Thank you for your question. Changes in libido (sex drive) can, for some people, be affected by hormonal contraception such as Desogestrel; this can be an increase or decrease in libido. We would recommend you make an appointment to discuss this with one of our nurses or doctors as there may be other reasons why you have noticed a change. We offer the full range of contraception and if you need to change method we will discuss these options with you.
Every time I have sex I end up bleeding for a while afterwards, is this normal?
Bleeding after sex may be a sign of a health condition and you should book an appointment with us. Please call our booking line on 03001245010.
Do you do testing for pregnancy?
Yes we can test for pregnancy but recommend you visit us three weeks from the time you think you may have become pregnant.
What are your walk in days and times?
You can find our clinic times and types on this website by clicking 'where to find us'. You will be able to see our up-to-date clinic times and locations on here; please note we update this information if our clinics need to change.
Why do swish keep cancelling appointments? Ive been waiting 5 months to get a coil and my appointment has been cancelled again.
We apologise if you have had your appointment cancelled. This may occur for any number of reasons. If you could get in touch with us via our Booking line (03001245010) or email us at SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk we can let you know why your appointment was cancelled and re-schedule it for you as soon as possible.
Can I book an appointment just for a check up to see if everything is alright?
Yes you can book an appointment with us. We would suggest you ring our booking line on 03001245010 and let us know what kind of appointment you need. Alternatively you can email us on SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk.
I am going to be late for my appointment tomorrow. Is that OK?
Please be aware that if you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, we may not be able to see you. Where possible you will be seen but may have to wait for another slot, or return on another day.
Can I make an appointment for a smear test?
We are unable to offer you a cervical smear but your GP should be happy to help.
I have a really yellowish coated tongue with itching and smelling vaginal discharge with abdominal cramping what can the causes be?
It sounds as though you need to book an appointment with us. Can you ring 03001245010 or email SWISH@sompar.nhs.uk. When you make the appointment please let our booking team know you are symptomatic (because you have symptoms).
Can I be seen in Yeovil?
We do have a clinic running from Yeovil District Hospital and the website can provide up-to-date clinic times. We are creating a new clinic space in Yeovil that will offer purpose built clinic rooms and will have access to free parking. We hope this will be ready sometime over the summer but will keep the website updated with clinic locations and times until then.
How long will I wait when I come to walk-in clinic?
We operate walk-in clinics at various points during the week. When you arrive your details will be taken and you will be asked to wait. At times, if the clinic is busy, you will be informed that we have no further slots available and we will try to book you a convenient appointment. The length of wait will depend on how many people have arrived before you but our reception colleagues will always be happy to give you some idea of how long this will be. We are planning on changing the name of our walk-in clinic to ‘sit and wait’ to reflect that you may be able to see someone as soon as you arrive. We are also hoping to make sit and wait appointments available on more days and in more of our venues.
Where should I go to get confirmation of suspected type 2 HSV? I want episodic treatment but don't want to waste my (and GP's) time going to GP if they will refer me to yourselves.
We would advise that if you experience symptoms of HSV to phone our booking line on 0300 1245010 to discuss coming in for a consultation. We would then be able to take samples to confirm HSV typology and commence treatment if clinically required. We would also offer a full STI screen. Please note some GP's can also offer this service.