This page is written for professionals providing sexual health services to members of the public. If you are a patient looking for specific sexual health or contraceptive information, we recommend visiting NHS Choices for more information.
Printed copies of our service leaflet are available from the Sexual Health Clinic. We offer two different STI and HIV testing services:
Patients being referred for screening prior to IVF/sub-fertility treatment can use any service. If you require investigations for any blood-borne viruses other than HIV please send the patient with a referral letter.
Patients being referred for any other reason - please direct them to West Middlesex Hospital or encourage them to make an appointment at Heart of Hounslow.
The Sexual Health Department provides a wide range of teaching for clinical and non-clinical professionals in both contraception and sexual health. Training provided by the department is highly rated and continually receives positive feedback from trainees attending.
The department provides specific courses, on a rolling basis, aimed to develop the skills of those providing sexual health services to members of the public. The department also has protected clinical training for professional development and audit every month. Clinicians from other departments are invited to attend this training, meet the team and broaden their clinical knowledge. Please contact reception for a timetable of training or email the office manager.
A multiprofessional course designed for doctors and nurses from primary care and family planning as well as secondary care clinicians (who may encounter patients with STIs e.g. obs & gynae, rheumatology, A&E etc), SAS doctors working in GUM, health advisers, school nurses etc. More information about the STIF course is available on the BASHH website - www.bashh.org. For dates of future of STIF courses, fees and registration please contact Carol Scarrott.
Letter of Competency for intra uterine techniques (LoC IUT)
Letter of Competency for sub dermal implants (LoC SDI)
We offer clinical placement for doctors undertaking the Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare or seeking competency in Intrauterine techniques or Sub Dermal Implants. More information on our clinical placements for contraceptive training please see the Word document below. Fees depend on number of clinical placements and supervision required and are available upon application. For an application form please contact Carol Scarrott.
A one day introductory course designed for any professional working with young people in one to one and group settings. The course covers the law, consent and ways of working with young people around sexual health. This course has been accredited to Level 3 by Hounslow's Local Safeguarding Children's Board (LSCB) and is offered on a quarterly basis. For dates and more information please contact Richard West, Lead for Young People's Services.
Developed by Barnardo's for anyone coming into contact with young people aged 12-17 years including; health, police, education, probation, social workers, foster carers, residential workers, psychologists and counsellors. This training enables professionals to do preventative work with young people around the issue of sexual exploitation with honesty and realism. For dates and more information please contact Richard West, Lead for Young People's Services.
Training is provided free to professionals working for West Middlesex Hospital, Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare or the London Borough of Hounslow. There is a charge for all other staff groups.
Both these training courses can be commissioned separately for professional teams.
Our services are provided to all patients without any need for referral. We request that patients requiring investigation for symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection are sent to our clinic at West Middlesex Hospital as we are unable to provide all required services at our community clinics.
If referring patients for long acting reversible contraception please advise the patient to telephone the service or to attend our walk in services at Hounslow or Feltham. Please note, we do not provide a walk in Implanon removal or complex IUD/IUS removal service. For complex removals please advise the patient to make an appointment and send with a covering letter or secure fax in advance to 020 8630 3303. We do not carry out gynaecological investigations.
To refer new HIV diagnoses please telephone the Health Adviser lead for HIV on 020 8321 2566 or send a secure fax to 020 8321 2568. We follow up all new HIV positive referrals within 24 hours.
Our services operate according to the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), the British HIV Association (BHIVA) and the Faculty of Family Planning guidelines. GPs and clinicians providing simple management of sexually transmitted infections, urethritis, vaginal discharge and genital ulceration and infection are advised to follow BASHH guidelines.
For support and advice on completing partner notification/contract tracing, including provider referral for patients diagnosed with an STI please contact the Health Advisers within the Sexual Health Department on 020 8321 2566 or 6831.
The department publishes a regular sexual health e-newsletter giving all the latest news on sexual health services in Hounslow. To be placed on the distribution list, please email us here.