All Clinic Opening Times
We operate an appointment only booking system for the following opening times:
The Clifden Centre
Monday, Tuesday, Friday – 09:00-16:00
Wednesday – GU clinic 12:00-16:00 and GU Evening clinic 17:00-19:00
Thursday - 09:00-16:00 GU clinic & 17:00-19:00 MSM
The Ivy Centre
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 09:00-16:00; Wednesday - 12:00-16:00
80 Leadenhall Street Clinic Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 09:00-16:00; Wednesday - 12:00-16:00
John Scott Health Centre Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 09:30-16:00; Wednesday - 12:30-16:00
Please note we are currently unable to offer walk ins or online booked appointments. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please call 020 7683 4103 to speak to a receptionist. Please note that while it may take longer for you to get through to us, our lovely and hardworking receptionists are doing their best to answer as many calls as possible, and help you get the advice and aid you need.
Please do not make an appointment or walk in to our clinics with symptoms of monkeypox.
We are currently unable to offer appointments for monkeypox vaccination. Please check back on this website for future updates.
We apologise for any inconvenience and we thank you for your understanding.
Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with monkeypox virus. The UKHSA (UK Health Security Agency) has identified some cases of monkeypox in the last 2 weeks. So far most have been in gay men. This suggests that the virus can be passed on through skin-to-skin contact during sex. It is still very rare in the UK. It usually causes a mild illness which gets better without treatment. It can also cause more severe disease in some people.
How do you catch monkey pox?
Monkeypox does not spread easily between people. Person-to-person spread is uncommon, but may occur through:
- contact with clothing or linens (such as bedding or towels) used by an infected person
- direct contact with monkeypox skin lesions or scabs
- coughing or sneezing of an individual with a monkeypox rash
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms can start between 5 and 21 days after contact with an infected person. Most people do not need any specific treatment and recover within 2-4 weeks. Sometimes people become more unwell and need to be admitted to hospital.
The illness can begin with fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills and exhaustion. Between 1 and 5 days later, a rash can develop. The rash can spread to other parts of the body. The rash changes and goes through different stages before finally forming a scab which later falls off. People are infectious until the last scab has dropped off, leaving healthy skin underneath.
Ibuprofen and paracetamol can help with the fever and aches.
What should I do if I think I might have monkeypox?
If you are a man or transwoman who has sex with men, and you become unwell with a fever or a rash, then call us on 020 7683 4103 for advice. For anyone else, please call NHS 111 for advice.
You can also call the following helplines with queries:
- monkeypox helpline on 0333 2423 672 ( Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm and Saturday-Sunday 9am -1pm) - this is the UKHSA dedicated telephone line for non - clinical enquiries.
- national sexual health helpline on 0300 1237 123 (Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm and Saturday - Sunday 11am - 4pm)
Please don’t make an appointment or walk into the clinic without speaking to us about your symptoms.
Avoid skin to skin contact with others. Don’t share plates, cutlery, bedding, towels or other linen. Avoid sex until you’re given the all clear.
If you test positive, continue to isolate until the last scab comes off. If you have to travel (e.g. a hospital appointment), you should ideally walk, cycle or be driven in your own car. If you have no other choice, wear a mask and cover any lesions on public transport.
Plates and cutlery can be washed in diluted bleach (check instructions on bottle). Wash clothes and bedding on a hot wash.
Some people are at increased risk of complications for monkeypox. So particularly avoid contact with:
- Pregnant people
- Immunosuppressed people (HIV positive people not on treatment or with a CD4 count under 200)
What should I do if I have been in contact with someone who has confirmed monkeypox?
People exposed to a known case of monkeypox should self-isolate at home for 21 days. Don’t share plates, cutlery, bedding, towels or other linen. If you have to use a shared bathroom or kitchen then wipe down surfaces after use. If you have to travel (e.g. a hospital appointment), you should ideally walk, cycle or be driven in your own car. If you have no other choice but to use public transport, then wear a mask and cover any lesions.
The UKHSA is contacting anyone with known exposure and will provide specific advice. Giving smallpox vaccine after exposure reduces the chance of becoming unwell. The UKHSA will advise you about vaccines when they contact you.
Additional information and updates on Monkeypox can be found on the following links:
Although we have had to adjust because of coronavirus, our sexual health services are here for you
Please note that the Trust policy stipulates all patients, family members and visitors are requested to wear a mask in order to access our services, unless they are exempt. This is despite Government policy regarding mask guidelines.
Please note that if you are exempt from wearing a mask, you will have to wait outside until a clinician will call you for your consultation. Thank you for your understanding
Due to clinical demand and capacity, please note that if you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment we may not be able to see you, in which case you will need to rebook your appointment.
Please be kind to our staff - we are here to help
The Trust operates a zero tolerance policy towards abuse, harassment or aggressive behaviours directed at our staff.
Our partners at Sexual Health London provide STI testing and some contraception online
This is perfect for if:
- You have not noticed anything wrong but want a sexual health check-up
- Someone you had sex with over two weeks ago has told you that they have tested positive for chlamydia or gonorrhoea
- You have noticed mild symptoms such as vaginal discharge or pain when you pee, and want to check if you have an STI
- You live in London and need a repeat supply of your contraceptive pill/patch/ring
See us in clinic
Although we are not running a walk-in service right now, we are still here for face-to-face appointments.
You can book your coil fitting appointment online.
You can also book on the phone - lines open 09:00- 16:30 Monday - Friday, with the exception of Wednesday when phone lines are open between 11:30 - 16:30.
Call 020 7683 4103 to book
Specialist clinic for gay/bi men
Men who have sex with men are welcome to use any of our services. We also run a specialist clinic for men who have sex with men at the Clifden Centre .
- Testing and treatment for STIs and HIV
- PrEP and PEP
- HIV treatment from the Jonathan Mann Clinic
- Sexual wellbeing support
- Support with chemsex
- Vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and HPV
Homerton University Hospital, Homerton Row E9 6SR
Open Thursdays 5.00pm-7.00pm
Book an appointment/ Limited walk ins based on capacity
If it is busy, walk-in patients may be asked to return at a later time.
If it is very busy, we might not be able to see you as a walk-in that day but we will book you an alternative appointment.
Call 020 7683 4103 to book
Jonathan Mann Clinic
The Jonathan Mann Clinic is still open providing care and treatment for people living with HIV
To help life easier, we will try to do everything you need during a single visit
We can send you your test results (such as viral load and CD4 count) by text message or email, or arrange a follow-up phone call.
Phone advice about HIV is also available by calling the JMC reception, or you can also contact us by email.
Your HIV medication can be sent to you, or you can collect it from the clinic if you prefer. Please let us know if you realise you are down to your last two weeks’ worth of medication so that we can make sure you do not run out.
Accessing our clinics
Please do not attend our sexual health clinics if you are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive and are self isolating.
To help us maintain social distancing in our clinics, we ask that you please attend alone
Before entering our premises you will need to have a temperature check, sanitise your hands and wear a mask.
Please keep your distance from other service users and follow the instructions of our staff. We sometimes have to limit the number of people inside the clinic to keep everybody safe.
The Clifden Road entrance to Homerton Hospital is closed. Please enter the hospital through the main entrance and follow the signs. Click here for a map .
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