SWISH services are here to help you with your contraceptive and sexual health needs, as well as giving you information and advice that may help you now or in the future. If you have never visited one of our services we hope the following information may help answer some of your questions.
What will happen when I arrive?
When you arrive at any of our SWISH clinics, please go to the reception desk where a member of our team will be able to help you.
If you booked an appointment
- Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time.
- Please note that if you arrive more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, you may not be seen.
For a sit and wait appointment
Please note that times advertised for our sit and wait clinics are the times we open and close. We usually have to stop admitting patients 30 minutes before the closing time to allow time for the final patient. Occasionally clinic admission will be closed much earlier if there has been high demand and lots of people are already waiting.
- If you do drop in, please go to the reception desk where the receptionist will be able to check that we have an available slot for you.
- Please note that sit and wait appointments are only available at certain clinics.
- Our reception staff will ask you to complete some registration details and will then direct you to a waiting area.
- You may notice that some patients arriving after you, are called in before you. This is because we run different clinics. In most clinics we have general waiting rooms with both male and female services running together which may be new to you.
Waiting times at the clinic
We will try and keep waiting times to a minimum, but sometimes appointments do overrun.
If you’re coming to our SWISH Service for a full sexual health check-up, please allow two hours for your visit.
Please note that sit and wait appointments are offered on a “first come, first served” basis, so if you do drop in without booking an appointment you may have to wait longer to be seen.
Consultation and Treatment
When you are called for your appointment, you will be seen by a doctor or a nurse. A chaperone may also be present.
On occasions we may ask you if you’d mind if a medical student or other trainees could be present for you consultation. If you feel uncomfortable please do let us know.
You’ll be asked some further questions about your current problem, your general health and sexual history, including your sexual orientation.
If you are being tested for a sexually transmitted infection (STI)
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 swabs and / or blood tests and giving a urine sample. It’s is essential that male patients haven’t passed urine (peed) for three hours before the appointment
Receiving test results
Some results can be available during your visit. Others are usually ready in 7-10 days and will be sent to you via a text message (or you can telephone the clinic if you do not want to receive a text)
If you tested positive for an infection
If your test was positive for any infection, you can return to the clinic for free treatment. In order to reduce the chance of complications, it's important your infection is treated as soon as possible.
Our Health Advisors and Nurses will provide you with information on the infection and its complications if left untreated.
Any sexual partner(s) you’ve had in the past three months will also need to be tested and treated for the infection. Treating your partner(s) will reduce the spread of the infection and development of its complications.
Our staff can help you to inform your partners in a timely manner without compromising your confidentiality. Contacting sexual partners to notify them of an STI is called contact tracing.