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Visiting our clinics

Most of our clinics are open by arrangement only (the exception is East Oxford clinic on Rectory Road which runs some drop-in sessions for under 18s). Please book a telephone consultation via email / phone. Due to an increase in monkeypox cases in the UK, we will ask you extra questions when speaking to you to keep you and our staff safe.

Mask wearing and social distancing remain in place in all our sites. If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, do not come to a clinic. Follow the national advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).

Monkeypox

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.

Vaccinations

Monkeypox vaccinations will soon be available for this people deemed at risk.

Further information can be found via the following links:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/monkeypox/

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/monkeypox-vaccination-resources