Sexual health clinics across the country are being forced to turn away patients, prompting fears of a drop in STI tests and screens. Recruitment freezes, underfunding, and large-scale changes to the commissioning of services has pushed the UK’s sexual health services to a ‘tipping point’, The Guardian revealed.

As a result, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is warning of ‘a lack of public protection’ due to staff-shortages and outstretched resources, leaving patients unable to access sexual health services on a daily basis. A report carried out by the RCN found that the number of 18-to-24-year-olds that have been tested for Chlamydia has fallen by approximately 25% since the government transferred public health services to local authorities back in 2013. Despite such a reduction in testing, the latest figures recorded even more positive STI diagnoses.

Back in March, Better2Know brought you the news that Soho’s Dean Street Express GUM clinic was turning away over 1,000 patients every single day. That remains the case this morning.

Helen Donovan is the Professional Lead for Public Health at the RCN. When discussing the findings, she said: “This is a worrying picture of understaffed services going to extreme lengths to try to cope, even turning people away, the last thing a health professional ever wants to do. If people are not able to access services, then serious STIs could go undiagnosed and untreated. It is a major risk to public health.”


When it comes to your Sexual Health, it is always Better2Know

Early detection and intervention are crucial in combatting STIs such as Gonorrhoea, Syphilis and HIV. At Better2Know, the UK’s largest private provider of sexual health testing services, we can get you a confidential appointment on the very same day that you make a booking with us. Our expert staff can access appointments at private locations nationwide. This includes: London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool, Swansea, Southampton, Aberdeen, Leeds and many more. To locate your nearest testing facility, select the Find Clinics tab above or call our team today to find out more.

Your confidential, Better2Know appointment will be with a qualified nurse or clinician, who will take your samples and answer your questions. Once collected, samples are then sent directly to our CPA accredited laboratory where they are analysed swiftly and efficiently. Your test results will be ready as early as one working day from the receipt of your sample by the laboratory, depending on your selected test or screen. With Better2Know, you can access your results online at any time by logging into the secure patient area on our website. Unless you specify otherwise, you will also be contacted by a member of our sexual health advisory team once all your results are ready to report.

Better2Know also offers Instant tests and screens at selected clinics across the UK. With this popular testing option, you will receive rapid results for six harmful infections, including HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. We will provide your highly accurate and confidential results in less than 30 minutes, whilst you wait in the clinic.


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