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Monkeypox

A few people in the UK have been diagnosed with a rare infection called monkeypox. While the current outbreak is concerning, the risk to the UK population remains low, but a notable proportion of cases have been in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. We encourage these groups to look out for unusual rashes or lesions on the body, especially the genitalia, and contact a sexual health service if they have concerns. For more information, please visit nhs.uk.

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Garden Clinic

Upton Hospital
Albert Street
Slough
SL1 2BJ

0300 365 7777

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Garden Clinic Sexual Health Service
will be CLOSED Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd June 2022

Service will open as normal Monday 6th June 2022 at 8:30am.
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Online appointment booking system

To book an appointment at the Garden Clinic Slough via our online booking system. If there are no more appointments available please call our telephone line: 0300 365 7777 and a member of our team will assist you. We are experiencing a high demand in telephone calls at present so please be patient and accept our apologies for any delays, you may need to try and call us more than once. 


Please be aware you can order free home testing kits from this website for the four most common STI's - Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis and HIV

MONKEYPOXTo make sure you see the correct person and are assessed correctly we are asking patients some additional questions. You will be asked by telephone and when you present at the clinic.

Signs and Symptoms:
In humans, the symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than the symptoms of smallpox. Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches and exhaustion. The main difference between symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy) while smallpox does not. The incubation period (time from infection to symptoms) for monkeypox is usually 7-14 days but can range from 5-21 days.

 

The illness begins with:
- Fever 
- Headache
- Muscle aches
- Backache 
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Chills
- Exhaustiona high temperature or shivering (chills)

Within 1 to 3 days (sometimes longer) after the appearance of fever, the patient develops a rash, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body. 

Lesions progress through the following stages before falling off: 
- Macules
- Papules 
- Vesicles 
- Pestules
- Scabs



The illness typically lasts for 2-4 weeks.


COVID-19

Please be aware that service users attending any of our clinics are still required to wear face masks and to hand sanitise their hands. Do not attend the clinic if you have been in contact with anyone who is positive for Covid-19 within the last seven days or if you have any of the following symptoms:
 
- a high temperature or shivering (chills), a high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough, this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- shortness of breath
- feeling tired or exhausted
- an aching body
- a headache
- a sore throat
- a blocked or runny nose
- loss of appetite
- diarrhoea
- feeling sick or being sick


The Garden Clinic provides a free, confidential, non judgemental, integrated Sexual Health Service in Slough, Bracknell and Maidenhead. 

Testing and treatment of sexual infections (STIs), emergency contraception, HIV testing and treatment and emergency treatment following HIV risk (PEP) are all available. 
For information about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) or Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), please click here.

Sex is a normal part of most people's lives. Whatever your sexuality or preference we are not here to judge but to help inform your choices and to support you to remain healthy. The service is completely free.

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You can access the Garden Clinic at one of these three locations:

 

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