Monkeypox is a rare infectious disease, but there are a number of cases in the UK.
Monkeypox can also spread if there is close contact between people, including:
- Touching clothing, bedding or towels used by someone with the monkeypox rash
- Touching monkeypox skin lesions or scabs, particularly if your own skin has sores or cuts
- The coughs or sneezes of a person with the monkeypox rash.
Please be assured that infections are usually mild. However, we are taking all necessary precautions to make sure we keep our patients and staff safe.
Before any appointment we will need to check if you are at risk by asking a few questions:
Q: Do you have any unexplained rash on any part of your body?
If yes – we will ask if any of the following apply to you:
- Have you felt unwell recently – with high temperature, headaches, aches and pains, or swollen glands?
- Have you been in contact with monkeypox virus in the last three weeks?
- Have you recently returned from West or Central Africa?
- Are you a man who has had sex with men in the last three weeks?
Depending on your own situation – we will make a plan to assess you in the safest way possible. Please be reassured we will still make sure you are looked after, and that you receive any tests or treatment you might need.
We are contacting patients within Oxfordshire who are eligible for the vaccine directly to offer them appointments, however if you meet the eligibility criteria on the link below but are not already registered with the Oxfordshire Sexual Health Service, please ‘phone 01865 231231 to book an assessment.
The eligibility criteria can be found here: B1761-updated-guidance-and-delivery-of-vaccination-for-monkeypox-letter.pdf (england.nhs.uk).
Vaccinations will be held in the Oxford Respiratory Trials Unit at the Churchill (OX3 7LE) on the opposite side of the road from car park 4. (Across the zebra crossing and continue on under the covered walkway) Do not follow signs to the Respiratory Dept. Appointments need to be booked – we are unfortunately unable to offer drop-in appointments.
Further information can be found via the following links: