Better2Know is the UK’s largest provider of private sexual health testing services. Our CPA accredited laboratories ensure accurate and fast results, and we offer a wide range of comprehensive screens that include testing for infections such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV and Syphilis. These screens and tests are designed and regularly reviewed by medical specialists. We aim to give you peace of mind when it comes to knowing about your sexual health. Patient confidentiality within the STI testing service can be a concern for many patients and is something the medical community must manage delicately.
The NHS recently launched a free digital service allowing patients to use their smartphones to book appointments and see a doctor, if required, via phone call or a face-to-face consultation – easing the daunting trip to your local GP waiting room.
However, a recent article by Private Eye displays their apprehension towards the reliability of the new GP At Hand (GPAH) service, in relation to the security of patient records. Speaking to the BBC, Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, who chairs RCPG, said the potential issues with patient confidentiality surrounding the app could add to the already ‘heavy burden of red tape that GPs are grappling with’. She highlights the already existing ‘workforce crisis’ and that ‘hard-working GPs are struggling to cope with immense workloads.’ The digital service adds to GPs responsibilities as they must consult patients from their practice as well as patients from GPAH.
The NHS has many commitments within public health and often cannot manage the workload handed to them, as previously mentioned by Lampard. Better2Know has many years of experience within sexual health, making us specialists within this area. Our dedication to this field has allowed us to become market leaders and provide you with the best screens and tests through our private sexual health testing facilities and accredited laboratories.
Better2Know’s network of private clinics across the UK allows us to accommodate for this increasing demand in STI testing. Our Patient Services team are highly trained to advise on which of our comprehensive STI screens or tests will benefit you the most and can provide guidance on your next steps. For example, depending on the infection you tested positive for, our experienced sexual health advisors can arrange prescriptions for the treatment you need. The advisory team can also organise doctors consultations or refer you to a specialist service should it be required.
Better2Know understands the importance of confidentiality for delicate health matters and our service will provide high levels of discretion. It is important to keep up-to-date with your sexual health. If you have any doubts concerning your sexual health, it is imperative that you get tested and keep yourself and your partner safe from further health issues.
At Better2Know, our expert sexual health advisors are available 24/7 to arrange same day or next day appointments. To book with our Patient Services team, or if you have any questions, call the number above. Alternatively, you can book online with the Book Now button at the top of the page.
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