Sexual Health Service

Our in-house sexual health service (also known as Nurse B clinic) is available most days to all male and female registered patients. 

Our sexual health nurses are specially trained to provide expert advice, support and STI (sexually transmitted infection) screening. 

All our services are confidential, non-judgemental and open to all.  Clinics run most week days, variety of morning and afternoon appointments.

We can provide;

  • Contraceptive advice
  • Contraception – all methods
  • Emergency contraception
  • Cervical screening
  • Hepatitis B vaccination for men who has sex with men
  • Testing for most sexually transmitted infections and guidance for those requiring further testing
  • Treatment for STIs
  • Safer sex advice
  • HIV testing and advice
  • Chlamydia testing
  • Any other issues related to sexual health 

Contraception

Which method of contraception is right for you?

If you would like to find out more about contraception, discuss what would be best for you or to change your current method of contraception, make an appointment in our Nurse B Clinic (Sexual Health) or with any doctor.

Choosing the right method of contraception that works best for you can be difficult, but there are many effective methods to choose from. 

Contraception aims to prevent unwanted pregnancy.  There are hormonal and non-hormonal methods available, and all methods of contraception listed below are very effective if used carefully.

All methods of contraception are available at the UEA Medical Centre and are FREE.

Helping you choose the method of contraception that’s best for you.  This page shows the available contraceptive methods, explains how they work, how effective they are and the main advantages and disadvantages.

Contraceptive Implant Appointments & Consent Form

This must be downloaded, printed, section 1 to be completed prior to the appointment by the patient.  You MUST bring this form with your to your appointment for the Dr to carry out the necessary procedure.   

Contraceptive Implants – Information

Over 99% effective.  An implant is a small, flexible rod placed under the skin.  Contains a progesterone only hormone which is slowly released into the body.  Each one lasts 3 years and is easily reversible.  Useful if you forget to take pills.

We are pleased to be able to offer a contraceptive implant fitting and removal service, and the following doctors carry out these procedures; 

  • Dr Francis
  • Dr Gillibrand

If you are certain you would like an implant fitted we ask you that; Fits/Removals and refit

  1. Read the information www.sexwise.org.uk/contraception/contraceptive-implant 
  2. Consider the timing. In order to be certain that you are not pregnant or at risk of pregnancy when we fit an implant, we can either fit the implant…
    • In the 5 days after the start of your period, OR 
    • At anytime if you have not had sex since your period started, OR
    • You have not had sex for 3 weeks if you rarely have periods and cannot predict them, OR
    • Any anytime if you have been reliably using another form or hormonal contraception (the pill, mini pill, IUD or injection)
  3. Tell reception the appointment is for an implant fit (or removal and fit) and we will try and find a time to suit you with one of the doctors above. The doctor will discuss the method with you before the procedure and check you are aware of all the possible side effects. 

If you are not certain and you would prefer to come in and talk about it first, then please make an appointment with either a doctors or a nurse in Clinic B. 

Removals

If you  have an implant that is due to be removed, or you wish to stop using the method as you would like to become pregnant you can simply book into a double appointment for this procedure. You can have a further one inserted at the same time if you want to continue using the method. 

If you wish for removal for any other reason, for example you have been suffering from unacceptable side effects from an implant we would prefer that you make an appointment first preferably with a doctor who fits implants so they we can discuss the best management plant for you. 

Contraceptive Coil Appointments & Consent Form

The IUD and IUS are similar. They are both T-shaped devises which are placed into your womb. One releases a hormone (IUS), the other (IUD) releases copper into your womb. Both make it difficult for sperm to reach an egg or move through your cervix, hence preventing pregnancy.

Important – please note: If you wish to have a coil (IUD or IUS) fitted, then we advise that you speak to a coil fitting doctor first (Dr Gillibrand) so they can ensure it is the right method for you and that you have considered all options. You can book a face-to-face or telephone appointment for this. We will arrange the appointment for you thereafter. If you click on the link below, you can download the information leaflet that we provide for these procedures.

Coil Removals: If you wish to have a device removed, you must think carefully about plans for contraception afterwards and over the few days before the removal.  It is very important that you either do not have sex for 7 days, or are using another reliable method of contraception for 7 days prior to removal.  If this does not happen, then we may have to delay the removal.

Emergency Contraception

If you have had sex without using any form of contraception or you think your method may have failed, you should attend the UEA Medical Centre as soon as possible. 

If we are closed, this service is still available from the Out of Hours Service by phoning 111 (free from landlines and mobiles).  Alternatively, you can visit you local Family Planning Service or Pharmacy. 

Treatment must start as soon as possible – usually up to 72 hours for the emergency pill and up to 5 days for the IUD. 

Remember – THE SOONER THE BETTER – do not leave it until the last minute to seek advice in this situation.  You can see the Treatment Room Nurse (book on day clinic) for emergency contraception. 

Click HERE to visit the Sexwise website for further online information about emergency contraception. 

iCaSH (Integrated Contraception and Sexual Health Services)

iCaSH

iCaSH is an NHS service providing all aspects of sexual and reproductive health, including contraception, sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV testings and treatment.

Visit www.iCaSH.nhs.uk

The Norwich branch is located on 1A Oak Street, Norwich, NR3 3AE.

Pre-booked appointments only. 

Sit and wait clinics have been suspended due to coronavirus. 

Phone 0300 300 3030 (option 3 for Norfolk and option 1 for Norwich) to book.

Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea

Chlamydia

This is the most common sexual transmitted infection and infects both men and women.  It is passed on through unprotected sex (sex without a condom) and is particularly common in sexual active teenagers and young adults.  

Most people don’t have any symptoms and don’t know they have it. Symptoms can include;

  • pain when peeing
  • unusual discharge from the vagina, penis or rectum 
  • in women, pain in the tummy, bleeding after sex and between periods
  • in men, pain and swelling in the testicles

Left untreated can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy and other complications.

It is easily treated by antibiotics.

Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is a bacteria mainly found in discharge from the penis and in vaginal fluid.  It can be easily passed between people through unprotected sex (vaginal, oral or anal) or sharing of sex toys  which have not been washed or covered with a new condom each time they are used. 

Around 1 in 10 infection men and almost half infected women do not experience any symptoms. Symptoms can include;

  • thick green or yellow discharge from the vagina or penis
  • pain when urinating 
  • in women, bleeding between periods

It is easily treated with antibiotics and most symptoms should improve within a matter of days. 

Testing

We can offer chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening to men and women under 25 years of age – this involves a simple urine test.  You do not need an appointment – pick up a self-testing kit from reception or the medical centre toilets, follow the instructions, post it in the self-address envelope and you will get your results in a matter of days. 

Alternatively, if you would like to see a nurse for testing and advice, book an appointment in a Nurse B Clinic.

Cervical Screening Saves Lives

Around 2,600 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in England each year, and around 690 women die from the disease, which is 2 deaths per day. 

It is estimated that if everyone attended screening regularly, 83% of cervical cancer cases could be prevented. 

1 in 4 eligible women (those aged between 25 to 64) in the UK are not attending their test. If you fall within this age bracket and have had an invite for cervical screening, then do not delay, book your appointment today!  Call reception on 01603 251600. 

This quick, simple test could be lifesaving…

Cervical screening (also known as smear test, PAP test) checks the health of a cervix. The cervix is the opening to your womb from your vagina. 

It is not a test for cancer – it is a test to help prevent cancer.

All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 should be invited by letter.  

During the screening appointment a small sample of cells will be taken from your cervix. 

The sample is tests for changes to the cells of your cervix.

Finding abnormal changes early means they can be monitored or treated so they do not get a chance to turn into cervical cancer.

FREE Condoms & Lube for Everyone Aged *13-24 Living in Norfolk!

If you are aged between 16-24 years old, then you are eligible to sign up to the c-card lite scheme to obtain free condoms and lube. 

No need for an appointment – just come into the medical centre and speak to the receptionist about signing up.  Its quick and simple to do – takes less than a minute.  You will just need to verify your age (ID or we can check on our clinical system if you are a patient of ours).

Once we have verified that you are over the age of 16 you will be given a c-card lite card.  Then, all you need to do is; 

  • Show your card to reception
  • Let the receptionist know which pack of condoms you would like (trim, regular, king or non-latex)
  • Reception will then give you a free supply (6 condoms per visit – you can visit as may times as you like)  

Once you have your C-Card, you can also visit any organisation/pharmacy/GP surgery where the C-Card logo is displayed.