Sexual Health & HIV Services
About the Service
Belfast Trust provides a wide range of sexual health and HIV services. Anyone can come to one of our sexual health clinics - you do not need to live in Belfast or be referred by your GP. The service is organised into male and female clinics with separate entrances and waiting areas. However on a Tuesday afternoon there is a mixed clinic which is accessed through the male reception.
The clinics, sometimes called GUM clinics (for Genito-Urinary Medicine), offer:
- testing for sexually transmitted infections - STIs (including HIV testing and management ) More on STIs: (http://www.sexualhealthni.info/sexually-transmitted-infections-stis),
- free condoms
- pregnancy testing
- Hepatitis A and B vaccinations,
- safer sex education,
- management of erectile dysfunction and other sexual dysfunctions (Please note, our sexual dysfunction clinics are available by GP referral only)
- support and counselling.
More detailed information on our HIV Service is available here.
How to access this service
Getting an appointment
There are two ways to make an appointment:
- Contact the clinic directly on the appointment phone line on (028) 9063 4050 between 8.15.am and 11.15am ( HIV patients should contact an alternative number )
The demand on our service is high, and the appointment telephone line is extremely busy - please listen carefully to each option and follow the instructions provided.
Non-urgent appointments will be allocated up to two weeks in advance, while requests for emergency appointments will be allocated as soon as possible, based on clinical need.
- Talk to your GP - they can make a referral and get an appointment for you, although this may take longer.
Your appointment will either be with a doctor or Specialist Nurse.
The clinic is opened Monday to Friday. Please note, the clinic is closed on weekends and bank holidays. If you need advice when our clinic is closed, please call the NHS sexual health helpline on 0800 567123.
Sexual health screening is also available in the other trusts across Northern Ireland. You are free to go to any of these clinics regardless of where you live, and may be able to get an earlier appointment by doing so. For details go to http://www.sexualhealthni.info/gum-clinics-northern-ireland)
HIV patients should contact an alternative number – go to the HIV service page for more details
Unable to keep your appointment?
The demand on our service is high. If you are unable to keep your appointment please notify us as soon as possible so we can reschedule your appointment. You can also notify us by email if you wish to cancel GUMapptCancelLine@belfasttrust.hscni.net - Please note that this is for the cancellation of Gum Clinic appointments only and you will not receive a persoanl response. To rearrange your appointment please contact the clinic directly on telephone (028) 9063 4050 available 8.15 - 11.15am Monday to Friday.
What to do before you come to your appointment?
Everyone:- Please bring details of any medication you are on
For men:-It would be helpful if you did not pass urine for 2 hours before coming to your appointment.
For women:-It would be helpful if you brought a note of when you had your last period, and smear test done
Trans people:- please use either male or female entrance, depending on how you identify
Did you see a Health Adviser during your recent appointment?
The Health Adviser team are interested in your feedback in order to develop the service offered to our patients. We would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete our short survey. You will not be required to provide any personal details, and all responses will be anonymous. Thank you.
Clinic Location and contact details
Our main clinic is situated on Level 3 of the Outpatients Centre at the Royal Victoria Hospital. The easiest way to access the clinic is from the Falls Road entrance, although access is also available via the main hospital following the directions for level 3 Outpatients Department.
We also provide outreach sexual health clinics which are services based in the community (eg http://www.rainbow-project.org/news/the-rainbow-project-sexual-health-clinics)
The Belfast Sex Worker Service is a dedicated Advanced Nurse Practitioner led Drop-in service operating within City Centre Belfast and is specifically for those working in commercial sex. It runs on Thursday evenings from Bryson House Bedford Street, 6pm until 10pm. Contact Susan 07786338020 for further information.
HIV testing is also available at Positive Life (http://www.positivelifeni.com/advice/getting-tested/)
How we use your data
All information provided by users of our services is confidential and is not shared with anyone else outside the service without permission. We are required to provide data to certain organizations such as the Department of Health and the Public Health Agency for monitoring and funding purposes—however this information is anonymous and cannot be traced back to any individual.
If you feel unwell, and you feel it can’t wait until your next scheduled appointment, you can contact the clinic during opening hours and seek advice from one of the nurses.
Outside of the clinic opening hours, if you feel you need to be seen right away, contact your nearest Accident and Emergency Department (A&E)
If you think you have been exposed to HIV you may be eligible for Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). PEP is medication that can help people from developing HIV. It is given by a doctor if certain criteria are met. Please contact the clinic (9-5) or your nearest A&E within 72 hours of exposure, but preferably as soon as possible.
If you have been sexually assaulted contact the Rowan Centre (http://therowan.net/) In an emergency contact PSNI on 999.
If you experience any kind of crisis related to your emotional or mental health when clinic services are closed, contact the out of hours GP or your local A&E department.
- You can also call the following agencies for help:
- LIFELINE - 08088088000
- SAMARITANS - 08457909090
- Positive Life: http://www.positivelifeni.com/
- Nexus: http://www.nexusni.org/