In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we ask all our patients to follow this advice before attending our service.
1. If you have symptoms suggestive of a respiratory tract infection (cough, fever, shortness of breath), or think you may have come into contact with coronavirus, do not attend our service. Call the clinic on 020 3315 5656 for sexual health advice. COVID-19 advice is available via NHS111 online here.
2. If you are attending our service for sexual healthcare Please call us before coming and consider whether your visit could be postponed. This is to reduce the number of patients sharing our waiting areas. Self testing packs for routine checks can ordered online via www.deanstreet.shl.uk.
3. If you are HIV positive and worried about your risk of coronavirus there is currently no evidence that people living with HIV are at greater risk of either getting coronavirus, or becoming unwell due to coronavirus. However the British HIV Association recommend that HIV positive people with a CD4 count less than 50 follow the 12 week self isolation advice. Please don’t attend clinic to check your CD4 count. Follow current NHS guidance about how best to protect yourselves and others from coronavirus, available here.
We have extended our HIV Telephone Clinic service. Please only call us for urgent advice or if you have less than six weeks left of your HIV meds.
If you are HIV positive and unwell call the Rapid Review service on 07805813558 (Mon-Fri 8.30am-2pm)
We will continue to update this advice if public health guidance changes.
56 Dean Street call centre – 020 3315 5656
We have limited emergency appointments. If you hope to be seen, we will be most likely to be able help you, if you contact us when the clinic first opens.
A nurse will assess you and may ask you to return at another time. Urgent problems may include genital blisters, penile discharge, testicular pain or a partner has told you that they have syphilis.
Dean Street has a long history of providing sexual health services which started with the opening of the world’s first sexual health clinic for men, based at 91 Dean Street, London in 1862.
Originally, our award winning sexual health clinic was part of the Westminster Hospital where Professor Brian Gazzard diagnosed one of Europe’s first cases of AIDS in 1981. By the 1990s we had relocated to Vincent Square and in 2003 became the first NHS service to offer rapid 1 hour HIV POC testing.
We have been known as ’56 Dean Street’ since we moved to Soho in March 2009 and in 2011 we set the World Record for most HIV tests performed in one location on World Aids Day at G-A-Y Bar in Soho, London. In 2014 we opened Dean Street Express – the first clinic in the world to have an on-site Infinity machine, allowing this service to give results within six hours.