GUM/Sexual Health Clinic

Overview
The GUM Clinic provides free testing for all sexually transmitted infections, free sexual health advice, free emergency contraception, free pregnancy testing, Hepatitis A and B vaccinations for at risk individuals, free HIV counselling and testing and access to Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). We also provide information for victims of sexual assault.  We have information on this service available in a range of languages.
 
Accessing the service
GUM Clinic is a confidential service, which offers free tests for all sexually transmitted infections.  Everyone is issued with a confidential clinic number and can access results after 14 days. This number is separate from you Health & Care number.  There is no need for GP referral to access this service.

Male patients should not pass urine for 2 hours and females for 1 hour before coming to the clinic. Due to demand on the service you may be offered an alternative slot usually within 48 hours if the clinic is full.

Young people are very welcome to attend our clinic. It is not necessary to bring a parent or an adult with you, but it can be helpful if you are under 16 years old. We do not routinely disclose your visit/personal information to your parents or GP.

If you have any queries you can contact us via email on sexualhealth@northerntrust.hscni.net
You cannot make bookings via this email, you will need to use the booking line or attend a walk-in clinic.

Causeway Hospital, Outpatients 2
Walk in service, no appointment needed

Every Tuesday at 5.00pm (Registration 5.00pm) and Friday at 1.30pm (Registration 1.30pm)
Arrive early to avoid disappointment. If the clinic is oversubscribed you may be offered an alternative appointment.
Allow approx 2 hours for your visit to the clinic

Nurse Led Clinics, appointment only
Monday 9.30am to 12.00pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Tuesday 9.30am to 12.00pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm
Thursday 9.30am to 12.00pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm 
Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm

Braid Valley Hospital, Ballymena: Ground Floor South
Nurse Led Clinics, appointment only
Monday 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.00pm
Friday 9.30am to 12.30pm

Contacting us
For appointments to either site telephone:
028 7034 6028

Contraception/STI Integrated Clinics
These are new clinics allowing for both access to contraception and STI testing under one appointment.  This service also includes coil fitting.  Again this is a confidential service and does not use your Health & Care number. 

Braid Valley Hospital, Ballymena: Ground Floor South
Nurse Led Clinic, appointment only
Thursday 9.30am to 4.00pm

Mid Ulster Hospital, 1st Floor, Main Building
Nurse Led Clinic, appointment only
Wednesday 9.30am to 12 noon

Contacting us
For appointments to the Integrated Clinic telephone:
028 7034 6028 or 028 2826 6163

What to expect
Patients are seen in order of arrival. Please allow approximately two hours for your visit. When you arrive at reception you will be asked to complete a registration form. It is important that you give us reliable contact details such as your name, address and phone number.

You will be asked about why you have come to the clinic and some personal questions about your sexual history. This is important as it will help us to offer appropriate tests, treatments and advice. If you decide to be tested for infections, the examination process will be explained and a chaperone offered. A chaperone is a member of staff who can be present during an intimate examination to help the patient feel more comfortable. Routine tests can include swabs, a urine sample and blood tests. Some tests may be repeated 12 weeks later. Your doctor or nurse will discuss your individual care during your visit. If you have no symptoms you do not have to have an examination and can opt to do self-swabs and have urine and blood tests.

A medical student or trainee may be present in the clinic on the day of your visit. If you do not wish to have them present during your consultation or examination please inform member of staff.

Results
Some results may be available on the day of your visit and you may be asked to wait for these. Other results will be back within two weeks of your visit. We will provide you with a designated phone number for you to call for your results. On occasions we may use your mobile to contact you. We will use your mobile number to contact you with your results unless you want us to contact you in another way. The doctor or nurse who takes your tests will discuss this with you. Treatment, if required is free of charge.

Partner notification
If you are treated for a sexually transmitted infection, it is important that relevant sexual partners are also treated. Staff will discuss this with you and work with you to help find the best way to inform them.
 
The services we provide
Free testing for sexually transmitted infection.
Emergency hormonal contraception.
Free pregnancy testing.
Hepatitis A and B vaccinations.
HIV counselling and testing.
Sexual health advice. 
Support and signposting for victims of sexual assault.
Free condoms. 
  
STIs
Most common STIs 

Further Information 
Map of GUM Services across Northern Ireland

The Rowan (Sexual Assault Referral Centre – SARC)

Page last updated:05 December 2017