New transgender sexual health service

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is launching the first sexual health service in south London for transgender people.

The walk-in clinic, which will run every Tuesday from 4-7pm at the Caldecot Centre at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, will open at the end of April 2019.

In partnership with cliniQ, the new service will offer a range of health and wellbeing initiatives to meet the needs of trans people. Services include:

  • caldecot centresexual transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment
  • contraception
  • counselling
  • acupuncture
  • cervical screening
  • hormone testing
  • hormone injection and advice
  • sexual assault support
  • hate crime support
  • housing advice
  • the Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) Impact Trial.

The service will be jointly delivered by trained King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and cliniQ staff and will include a counsellor, a support worker, a nurse, a doctor, and an acupuncturist. The team will provide care and support at the clinic and will work with other relevant services such as primary care, mental health services and social services.

In addition to clinical and support services, the Trust will be developing and delivering a range of training materials for healthcare professionals to raise awareness, knowledge and skills in relation to trans health.

Dr Michael Brady, Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and National Advisor for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) Health at NHS England. said:

I am very proud to announce the new service (launched 31 March on Trans Visibility Day) that we will deliver in partnership with cliniQ. Although the focus of our service will be on sexual health, we recognise that trans and non-binary people are disproportionally 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 service is funded by the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham and the Health Innovation Network (South London).

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