First transgender sexual health clinic in south London opens at King’s College Hospital

Katherine Johnston (16 April, 2019) Health

'We will adopt a holistic approach combining health and wellbeing services to help improve mental health, self-esteem and reducing isolation'

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The first sexual health service for transgender people in south London will open at King’s College Hospital at the end of this month.

The walk-in clinic at the Caldecot Centre at King’s College Hospital will provide both physical health and psychological support.

The clinic is run by King’s College Hospital and cliniQ, a community interest company formed of health and wellbeing professionals who specialise in working with trans people.

Services include STI testing and treatment, contraception advice, counselling, acupuncture, cervical screening, hormone testing, injection and advice, sexual assault support and hate crime support, housing advice and the PrEP trial.

Dr Michael Brady, consultant in sexual health and HIV at King’s College Hospital and national advisor for LGBT Health at NHS England said: “Although the focus of our service will be on sexual health, we recognise that trans and non-binary people are disproportionately affected by health inequalities and a range of potential physical, psychological and social problems.

“As such we will adopt a holistic approach combining health and wellbeing services to help improve mental health, self-esteem and reducing isolation.

“A holistic approach to trans health also plays a key part in reducing vulnerability to HIV acquisition.”

The new clinic will run every Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm at 15-22 Caldecot Rd, Camberwell, London SE5 9RS from the end of April.

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