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Gum Clinics

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I thought it might be a good idea to start a thread on gum clinics. How each one fare etc, as many people feel uncomfortable going to them so it would be good to have the bad ones and the good ones!

I have always been honest with the clinics that I am an escort. I have never had a judgemental attitude apart from the last one, which is what prompted me to start the thread.

Milton Keynes: Many years since I went to that one, they were not particularly great seven years ago, but I know many clients who go there currently and they are fine these days.

Bedford: Great team, really friendly and would highly recommend.

St.Alban's: The best one I have been to, really friendly, non-judgmental and have apparently just won an award according to a client I see from the hospital sector. Highly recommended.

High Wycombe: I found the visit here very unpleasant, rude receptionists and staff which do not appear to like what they do. There were definitely underlying judgemental attitudes and one particular health visitor was unpleasant. Thumbs down.

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I thought it might be a good idea to start a thread on gum clinics. How each one fare etc, as many people feel uncomfortable going to them so it would be good to have the bad ones and the good ones!

I have always been honest with the clinics that I am an escort. I have never had a judgemental attitude apart from the last one, which is what prompted me to start the thread.

Milton Keynes: Many years since I went to that one, they were not particularly great seven years ago, but I know many clients who go there currently and they are fine these days.

Bedford: Great team, really friendly and would highly recommend.

St.Alban's: The best one I have been to, really friendly, non-judgmental and have apparently just won an award according to a client I see from the hospital sector. Highly recommended.

High Wycombe: I found the visit here very unpleasant, rude receptionists and staff which do not appear to like what they do. There were definitely underlying judgemental attitudes and one particular health visitor was unpleasant. Thumbs down.

I go to West Middlesex hospital Gum clinic. They are okay, but they get very busy. Overall I think that they provide a good service, but on my last 2 visits I've felt a bit of negative prejudice. Perhaps I'm just being over sensitive though.

I had a bit of nightmare at there on Monday though. I spent 3 hours waiting to be tested. I was called in 3 times, and each time I was interviewed followed by being told to go back into the waiting area and I would be called again. Eventually all of that, just for the privelege of a throat swab, urine test, bloods taken and a swab up my urethra, which I knew was coming, so I was becoming more and more nervous. It wasn't my best afternoon. :(

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St Mary's, Paddington, on Praed Street. Haven't been there for years - very welcoming, particularly to male providers. A reasonable supply of NHS condoms provided free of charge!

Aviemore One evening a week only - drop-in to the standard NHS Community Health Centre, with shared waiting area, which is potentially awkward. Genuine MILF/Cougar took my samples, with results by txt msg!

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As I don't want my profession on my NHS record I make up various excuses for tests and visit a variety of clinics as a result! (I test monthly as I take the health of both myself and my clients very seriously). Maybe one day I'll be honest - it would make the whole process soo much easier! Anyway .... here are a few recommendations:

~ I can highly recommend the Sydenham Green Practise Sexual Health Centre, friendly staff, lots of walk in clinics, waiting times not too bad and the last time I went there the (negative) test results were texted to me the very next day.

~ I have found the Vauxhall Riverside Sexual Health Centre to be good, clean friendly and efficient.

~ I have found the Victoria Clinic very good but it generally takes quite a while to get an appointment.

~ The Archway Centre very close to Archway Station is excellent but provides few walking clinics, however it has long opening hours so fairly easy to book in, I have found the staff there very friendly and helpful.

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St Albans (without the " ' ", Pia) Very good I agree. Caring and appropriately discreet.

I'm not a regular there but once or twice just to reassure myself. y'know!

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Is it true that you can attend these clinics anonomously?

Or do they have to know who you really are for NHS reasons?

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Is it true that you can attend these clinics anonomously?

Or do they have to know who you really are for NHS reasons?

You can give whatever name and date of birth you like.

There are boxes on the initial form asking for GP contact details, and your address details too iirc (may be wrong on that last bit). However, they will still see you if you leave all that part blank.

It can seem a bit scary the first time you go, but imo it is worth it. Good luck ;)

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I thought it might be a good idea to start a thread on gum clinics. How each one fare etc, as many people feel uncomfortable going to them so it would be good to have the bad ones and the good ones!

I have always been honest with the clinics that I am an escort. I have never had a judgemental attitude apart from the last one, which is what prompted me to start the thread.

Milton Keynes: Many years since I went to that one, they were not particularly great seven years ago, but I know many clients who go there currently and they are fine these days.

Obviously as an MK punter Ive always used the Sexual Health Clinic at Milton Keynes Hospital. Told them Im a punter from the off and what Ive been up to.

Never judged me or been unfriendly and have always been good to me and very helpful and friendly.

Never had a problem getting the full list of checks too. Even had one when I never actually had a punt inbetween. Ooops! But I was there for the Hep booster jab anyway..

I do give them everything they ask for but so far its only been my name and mobile number.

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Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI)

Name and mobile number given.

Non-judgemental and very friendly staff, there to help and offer advice.

I tell them that i'm a punter and I get the full check.

At my recent visit the lady doctor who dealt with me asked me in her words "where I go to pay for sex" and was interested in how often, how many different girls I see and how much it costs etc. Down the M1 was my answer to where and she was a little bit stunned by how much I spend.

Some results given on the day (all clear) and I phoned a few days later for the Hep, HIV and Syph results (all clear)

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heathfield ayr - used to be very friendly they would bend over backwards, then a few of the staff changed over never seen such arrogance + distaste, having people in tears shouting over a tannoy their results

carrick glen ayr - private hospital but much more respect, they will use a camera to check your throat as well as swabs, pricey ut i spend more on lucozade a month

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Good idea for a thread Pia

Kingston Hospital (Wolverton Clinic)

Great place. I visit every 3 or 4 months. They have a mixture of appointment-only and drop-in days. I usually "drop-in" first thing on a Friday morning and never have to wait more than 30 mins. The building is new and clean. In terms of anonymity, they say they will NEVER contact your GP and that the records are kept separate. I give my real name and address and have never had cause to doubt their word. There is no reason why you can't give a false name and address though, should you be paranoid about such things. The waiting area is mixed, but this never seems to be a problem. Staff call people to their check-up by announcing their first name only. The checkup itself is professional and totally non-judgemental and I have now seen lots of different nurses and doctors there. They are so friendly and helpful, that once when I was there for a blood test (to check my hep B innoculation had taken), they noticed I had a form for another bloodtest (which I required for a general, non-STI healthcheck and was planning to queue for at the outpatients dept later that day). They offered to take the blood for that test there and then and send it over to the lab for me, cutting out the need for the 2nd visit. I happily accepted.

The only thing I will mention is that they do not seem keen to offer throat swab checks. You have to push quite hard to get these.

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heathfield ayr - used to be very friendly they would bend over backwards, then a few of the staff changed over never seen such arrogance + distaste, having people in tears shouting over a tannoy their results

Wow :huh: ! I am gobsmacked. Surely there is some privacy law or at least code of conduct that should prevent this. I would complain heavily.

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As I don't want my profession on my NHS record I make up various excuses for tests and visit a variety of clinics as a result! (I test monthly as I take the health of both myself and my clients very seriously). Maybe one day I'll be honest - it would make the whole process soo much easier! Anyway .... here are a few recommendations:

~ I can highly recommend the Sydenham Green Practise Sexual Health Centre, friendly staff, lots of walk in clinics, waiting times not too bad and the last time I went there the (negative) test results were texted to me the very next day.

~ I have found the Vauxhall Riverside Sexual Health Centre to be good, clean friendly and efficient.

~ I have found the Victoria Clinic very good but it generally takes quite a while to get an appointment.

~ The Archway Centre very close to Archway Station is excellent but provides few walking clinics, however it has long opening hours so fairly easy to book in, I have found the staff there very friendly and helpful.

I go to Archway sometimes myself as well as The Claire Simpson Cinic at Barnet Hospital, normally in and out pretty quickly and the staff are generally helpful.

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In the place I go to (mentioned in an earlier post), I have given a false name. I did give my real postcode though. If (hopefully not) I were to find that I had contracted something, and needed medication, would I be given a prescription with my false name, do you think?

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In the place I go to (mentioned in an earlier post), I have given a false name. I did give my real postcode though. If (hopefully not) I were to find that I had contracted something, and needed medication, would I be given a prescription with my false name, do you think?

They dispense medication for STIs on the spot, no prescription needed. Any other (non-STI) condition and you are told to go and see your GP. You should be fine :-).

P.S. I did get referred by my STI clinic for an ultrasound scan due to a mystery lump on my testicle last year. The appointment letter for the scan arrived unexpectedly at my house (I was expecting a phone call or text). Fortunately, I saw the letter before my wife did. However, even if I hadn't, there was nothing connecting the appointment to the STI clinic. I simply hadn't told her of the appointment because of where the potential problem was diagnosed. If she had opened it first, I would have said that I was referred by my GP. Fortunately, the scan revealed that the lump was only a small cyst which has now disappeared (whew).

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They dispense medication for STIs on the spot, no prescription needed. Any other (non-STI) condition and you are told to go and see your GP. You should be fine :-).

P.S. I did get referred by my STI clinic for an ultrasound scan due to a mystery lump on my testicle last year. The appointment letter for the scan arrived unexpectedly at my house (I was expecting a phone call or text). Fortunately, I saw the letter before my wife did. However, even if I hadn't, there was nothing connecting the appointment to the STI clinic. I simply hadn't told her of the appointment because of where the potential problem was diagnosed. If she had opened it first, I would have said that I was referred by my GP. Fortunately, the scan revealed that the lump was only a small cyst which has now disappeared (whew).

Good to hear this lump has disappeared. :) I always give false information but it does mean filling forms out each time and i have many times seen the same Doctor and then nurse, no idea if they recall i give different details each time, they have never said anything.

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Wow :huh: ! I am gobsmacked. Surely there is some privacy law or at least code of conduct that should prevent this. I would complain heavily.

tried that got absolutely nowhere

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Praed Street in paddington are great, friendly, non judgemental and very quick even though it's walk in.

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Northampton: Having only ever been to this one I have no basis for comparison. That said, I don't even try to arrange an appointment any more as they always tell me to come to a dropin(I'm assuming appointments are for treatments or follow ups only or something), the main issue with that being that the dropins begin at 8am and they only see the first 20 people in the queue. Apart from that my experiences there have all been ok. They'll occasionally call you to get your results using your full name but that's the only real complaint.

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The Florey Unit at the Royal Berks in Reading is very good. It used to operate from a wooden hut on the main hospital site but now has much better premises on the east side of Craven Road. They do operate a drop-in system only, but if you pick a good time of day then there’s no significant waiting and they all seem to be a pretty friendly bunch. Mind you, after my first several visits (some years ago) I found out that my neighbour was a part-time receptionist there! Our paths never crossed fortunately, but the perils of playing too close to home!!.... :eek:

St. Mary’s, Paddington certainly does have an excellent reputation and I plan to give it a try sometime. I’ve known several ladies who use it. One even goes up from West Berks. once a month. Mind you, given its location, I imagine it has a pretty high throughput of WGs. :D

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Robert Peel Hospital in Tamworth; quick, friendly and efficient staff.

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I go to West Middlesex hospital Gum clinic. They are okay, but they get very busy. Overall I think that they provide a good service, but on my last 2 visits I've felt a bit of negative prejudice. Perhaps I'm just being over sensitive though.

I had a bit of nightmare at there on Monday though. I spent 3 hours waiting to be tested. I was called in 3 times, and each time I was interviewed followed by being told to go back into the waiting area and I would be called again. Eventually all of that, just for the privelege of a throat swab, urine test, bloods taken and a swab up my urethra, which I knew was coming, so I was becoming more and more nervous. It wasn't my best afternoon. :(

Got my test results yesterday, and I'm happy to say I got the all clear! :D

I think I'll try the Blanche Heriot Unit Gum Clinic next time though, as it's closer to home.

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I have just found a great clinic in London that allows you to check in yourself and you can even do your own tests - they offer you the kit to self administer in the loos, for both men and women. It's really quick as you just do your own tests, drop them off and go, although you will need to give them your case history on your first visit (no need to be honest unless you choose to be!). My computer went a bit wrong so I had to do a new patient interview but I was given the impression that this may not be necessary if the computers were behaving.

It's a drop in service, I visited at 5.30pm on Tuesday and it was pretty quiet - even with my initial 'new patient' interview, I was in and out within an hour, however they did say that it gets busy at times (although they couldn't be specific as to when they are most likely to be busy).

I used a false name but I was asked for my date of birth and address details so it's worth using ones that you will remember, even if they aren't true! I have been told that I will get my results in 2-3 weeks (I'm not worried, I test regularly because I believe that it is only right that I should do so) but I have found with most clinics that, even if they say this you are likely to have your results much sooner.

The clinic is called: Walworth Clinic

The address is: 156 - 167 Walworth Road

London

SE17 1RY

The opening times are:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

9.30am - 6pm

Wednesday

1pm - 4pm

Friday

9.30am - 4pm

The contact telephone number is: 0203 049 8630

If you are reading this as a lady that 'does' I told them that I 'do' and although very curious they were warm, friendly and non judgemental.

Edited by MySecretLife

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One of my very few posts, and I need some advice! Today I decided to see a girl from the purple site; she had a decent house and seemed nice enough. I am safe, and therefore did everything with. However, after the punt there was a repugnant fishy smell (no indications of anything pre-punt). I asked the girl whether she smelled anything and she was very defensive (to be expected) and said that it was the neighbours cooking, which of course happened to coincide with my climax. I am fairly sure it is not me as I’ve never experienced this before. So I feel like maybe I should get down to a GUM clinic but I am a part of the medical community and therefore I am very worried about my privacy. I don’t know if I should wait it out or not. It scares me to tell a potential colleague everything!

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