We have a clinical helpline (for healthcare professionals only) Mon-Fri 08:00-16:30. This is staffed by an experienced member of the SHiP clinical team. Please call 01752 439760 (except on Tuesday afternoons, when you should call 01752 431234).

Please do not send patients without a referral or calling us on the hotline first. These are the ways to refer patients to us.

We also run specialist sexual psychology and vulval clinics.

See ‘Related Links’ for guidance on typical STI, HIV and contraception issues that may present to professionals in other specialities and to other providers.

There is also information on how we can help with professional development needs.

Chlamydia update September 2018:
As a consequence of its potential to select for azithromycin resistance in Mycoplasma genitalium and Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and its inadequacy as a treatment for rectal Chlamydia trachomatis, BASHH no longer recommends single dose azithromycin 1g for treatment of uncomplicated chlamydia infection at any site, regardless of the gender of the infected individual. 

Instead, Doxycycline 100mg BD for 7 days should be used. Patients who are allergic to, or intolerant of tetracyclines, and pregnant women, should be treated with Azithromycin 1g orally as a single dose followed by 500mg daily for 2 days. More details can be found in the 2018 BASHH statement.