This site has been optimized to work with modern browsers and does not fully support your version of Internet Explorer.

Coronavirus / COVID-19

Most of our clinics are open by arrangement only (the exception is Wantage clinic which runs a drop-in session for under 18s). Please book a telephone consultation via email / phone.

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).

Rectal swab instructions

How to take a rectal swab for chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing. You will find everything you need in the kit provided.

Before you start

  • Wash your hands
  • Make sure you do not spill the liquid inside the tube.
  • Do not use the liquid inside the tube to moisten the swabs
  • In your kit you will have two swab packs – it does not matter which swab you use for your throat or rectal samples – they are both the same.

How to use your self-test kit

Step 1

Remove the cap from sample tube, do not spill the liquid inside.

Step 2

Remove pink swab from packet (throw away the white swab). Do not touch the cotton end.

Step 3

Either squat or lift one leg onto a raised surface.

Step 4

Insert the pink swab about 3-4cm into anus and gently rotate for about 10 seconds. Be careful not to snap the swab.

Step 5

Insert the pink swab into the sample tube. Snap the shaft of the swab against the side of the tube (there is a ‘score-line’ at the point you need to break it).

Step 6

Screw the lid back on tightly (take care not to pierce foil lid).

Step 7

From the ‘patient return form’, find the barcoded sticker (labelled rectum) and attach it lengthways to sample tube.

Step 8

Place all your samples into the clear ‘95KPA’ bag and seal tightly.
Place sample bag back into the box with your completed ‘patient return form’. Do not forget to fill out the date you took you specimen in BLACK ink on the ‘patient return form’.
Put the box back into the pre-paid returns envelope and post straight away.

Getting your results

Please allow 7 working days from the date we receive your sample(s) for your test results to be sent back.

Results are usually sent by text message. If this is not appropriate, please contact us.

Disposal of waste

Any waste items can be placed into general household waste – do not flush down the toilet.

Contact details

If you have questions about using the kit, or if you have not had your results within 7 working days, please call us on 01865 231 231 (option 4).