Sexual health (COVID-19)

What's New

Changed from:

  • "Currently we do not have access to our clinical unit and will not be able to provide any LARC, asymptomatic STI screening or monitoring for HIV. All patient consultations are via telephone."

Changed to:

  • "We are currently reviewing all patients by telephone or video consultation initially. Due to COVID distancing recommendations we have reduced capacity to see patients face to face, but we are continuing to see patients in the clinic if necessary or appropriate, including those who are vulnerable, symptomatic or have an urgent or priority need. Some routine activity has been put on hold during lock-down, and we are currently unable to accommodate asymptomatic screening. We will re-start all activity as soon as capacity and restrictions allow."

Patients

The Highland Sexual Health website has been updated with information for patients including a FAQ sheet of what to do during the COVID pandemic and how to access SH advice & contraception www.highlandsexualhealth.co.uk 

Clinicians

We are currently reviewing all patients by telephone or video consultation initially. Due to COVID distancing recommendations we have reduced capacity to see patients face to face, but we are continuing to see patients in the clinic if necessary or appropriate, including those who are vulnerable, symptomatic or have an urgent or priority need. Some routine activity has been put on hold during lock-down, and we are currently unable to accommodate asymptomatic screening. We will re-start all activity as soon as capacity and restrictions allow. Please phone 01463 888300 for any clinical advice or to discuss any patients who need urgent care (emergency IUD, symptomatic STI, severe genital ulceration, severe pelvic pain, sexual assault).

Advice and support
Rape & Sexual Abuse (any gender)
Women's aid
Gender based violence - guidance for frontline staff

Highland Partnership Ending violence against womenClick logo for further information Advice for making telephone conversations that are safe; do not increase risk; provide opportunity to make sure women and children are safe at home.

Launched April 2020 is an excellent new video resource for Health & Social Care staff to support women at risk of gender based violence. The content is relevant to any front-line practitioner.

The stay at home messaging which is a large part of our fight against COVID-19 will pose a challenge in particular for women at risk of gender based violence (GBV) including domestic abuse.

  • 1 in 4 women may experience domestic abuse & this may increase during COVID pandemic. COVID-19 is not the root cause of gender based violence.
  • The opportunity for this crime to take place increases & opportunity for women to seek help or remove themselves from abuse situation may be limited.
  • Face to face consultations have reduced, nevertheless staffs across Health and Social care are well placed to identify and support women and girls at risk of GBV.
  • Staff in Health & Social care may have less experience of identifying abuse during phone consultations as opposed to face to face.

This resource was developed by Dr Sue Brechin a Consultant in Sexual & Reproductive Health, NHS Fife and a Scottish Quality & Safety Fellow in consultation with Scottish Women’s Aid, GBV leads and Public Health Scotland to support staff support women during lockdown.
Click on the icon below or copy and paste this link to your browser (it seems Google works best)

https://vimeo.com/408344058/4454d27aaf

Local Support Service Contacts:

NB all services are open for support and advice
Inverness Women’s Aid: 01463 220719 or email: info@invernesswa.co.uk
Ross-shire Women’s Aid: 01349 863568 or email: info@rosswa.co.uk
Lochaber Women’s Aid: 01397 705734 or email: lwa@lochaberwomensaid.org
Caithness and Sutherland Women’s Aid: 0345 408 0151 or email: info@caswa.org.uk
Rape and Sexual Abuse Service Highland: 03330 066909 or email: info@rasash.org.uk
Highland Violence Against Women and Girls Support Service Booklet – click this link
National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 027 1234

COVID-19 patient with HIV infection
Remote management of unscheduled uterine bleeding (including Bleeding on HRT)
Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 04 February 2021

Next review: 04 August 2021

Author(s): Hame Lata, Bridie Howe and Findlay Hickey

Approved By: NHS Highland Clinical Response Group

Document Id: COVID020