Please see below South Tyneside Sexual Health Update: Thursday 3rd February

  • Service provision & access
  • Clinical training offer in South Tyneside for GP’s & Practice Nurses: Long acting reversable contraception ( LARC)
  • Access to online provision 

With the ease of national COVID 19 restrictions:

We are keeping our infection, prevention and control measures in place to keep patients safe during planned care and treatment with us.

Whilst national restrictions have now eased, patients attending our services are still required to wear a face covering or face mask when attending our hospital or community clinics.

We are still maintaining social distancing guidance meaning patients must keep at least a 2-metre distance between themselves and other people at all times where possible and follow any guidance given by our staff.

Provision & Service Access Update

  • Operating a telephone consultation appointment system for all ages Monday to Friday 08.45- 12:15
  • Dedicated telephone consultation appointment line open for Young People ( Under 19’s) every Wednesday 15:00 -17:00
  • Cervical Screening (smear) Clinic – Operating alongside telephone consultation clinics every Wednesday 9am- 11:30
  • Repeat/no issue contraception clinic- Operating alongside integrated face to face appointments Monday – Friday 16.30 – 18.50
  • Asymptomatic gum appts now available Monday 17.30-18.50, Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 -12:00 & Thursday 17.00-18.40

To request a sexual health telephone consultation:

·      Please advise service users to call the sexual health appointments line on 0191 4028168 between the hours of 08.45 and 12:15. 

·      Please advise young people under 19: If unable to contact sexual health services during morning telephone slots, further telephone appointment capacity has been added to support young people in education & home learning between the hours of 15:00 -17:00 every Wednesday afternoon.

·      Telephone consultation with South Tyneside Sexual Health will discuss if the patient has symptoms that require urgent care, to request a sexual health test or to book contraception appointments including implants.

·      As part of the telephone consultation, patients will be asked to provide their name, address, DOB & telephone number and will receive a call back from the nursing team, usually the same day.

·      During each telephone consultation the nursing team will either arrange an appointment for patient to attend clinic, signpost the patient to the online home testing facility, other services, or provide advice on how to self-manage their condition.

Free Long acting reversable contraception ( LARC) training in South Tyneside:

South Tyneside Sexual Health Services are now offering free clinical training and assessments for GPs and practice nurses to obtain the FSRH Letter of Competency (LoC) in subdermal implant insertion and removal / insertion of intrauterine contraception.

For further information regarding the LARC training pathway please contact the referral inbox stsft.sexualhealthreferrals@nhs.net

We continue to offer remote digital services: 

Online Testing:  Available for home delivery

The online home testing kit offers screening for infections such as HIV, Syphilis, Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea and is available to order 24 hours a day from the South Tyneside Sexual Health website.

The online test offer is available for both male and females over the age of 16+

Please visit the South Tyneside Sexual Health website to order https://www.southtynesidesexualhealth.nhs.uk/

Online Condom Scheme: 

The online condom scheme is also available for both male and females over the age of 16+

To order condom kits direct: Please visit https://www.stsft.nhs.uk/services/sexual-health-services/request-condom-pack

Please also see attached our new Service Map with details of provision offered from South Tyneside Sexual Health.

This aims to help support our partner services when signposting/ referring patients to service

Please feel free to upload to local websites and display on site.

For advice and information enquiries,  please advise service users to contact main reception on 0191 4028168