There has recently been an increase in monkeypox cases within the UK, however the risk of catching it remains low. Monkeypox can affect anyone; however the majority of monkeypox cases in the UK continue to be in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), with the infection being passed on mainly through close contact between people in interconnected sexual networks. Therefore, these groups in particular are advised to be aware of the symptoms, especially any new rashes or lesions on any part of their body. If you have symptoms of monkeypox please contact a sexual health service or call NHS 111. For more information, please visit nhs.uk.
St Mark’s Hospital
St Mark’s Road
Phone: 0300 365 7777
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.
From April 2022 the NHS has started providing a new injectable treatment for people living with HIV. If you are interested in this treatment, or would like to know more please ask us at your next appointment in clinic when we can assess your suitability and advise on the treatment.
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.
Here to help not to judge.
5 - 7 pm Booked appointments only
Anyone who wants help and advice for matters related to Sexual Health.
If this is your first visit to the Garden Clinic you will need to register when you arrive, giving your contact details, post code and date of birth etc. Reception staff are always happy to help if you have problems filling in forms.
Some people are worried about leaving their details even though we are extremely protective of your confidentiality. You will understand that for future visits and to link you to your tests we will need a constant identifier. For this reason we do always need a date of birth and your post code.
If your first language is not English and you need help during your visit to communicate we can arrange interpreters. You will need to ask a friend to call the clinic to arrange this. Alternatively you may have a friend who speaks English who is happy to come to the clinic with you and interpret for you.
Once you are registered you will be asked to wait in the waiting room. Patients are encouraged to wait in the waiting room away from the reception desk to give patients at the desk privacy.
You will be called by a clinician from the waiting room by your first name. Please note that you will not necessarily be called in numerical order as there will often be different clinics running at the same time and some patients may have appointments for these clinics.
Waiting times vary enormously we ask that you allow yourself to be in clinic for up to 2 hours.
We will always try and meet your needs as quickly as is possible. If you need to leave the waiting room please tell the receptionists. If you leave the clinic for long periods of time you may compromise your care and the clinician you need to see may become unavailable.
Our service is open access meaning you do not need a referral from your GP but if your GP would like to refer you that is OK. Other specialists may also want to refer you to our clinic and that again is no problem.