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  • Opening times: Mon 8AM–7PM • TUE 8AM–7PM • WED 12PM–7PM • THUR 8AM–7PM • FRI 9AM–4PM • SAT 11AM–4PM • SUN CLOSED
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  • COVID-19 safety – Please wear a mask. Temp checked & hand gel on arrival
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  • Opening times: Mon 8AM–7PM • TUE 8AM–7PM • WED 12PM–7PM • THUR 8AM–7PM • FRI 9AM–4PM • SAT 11AM–4PM • SUN CLOSED
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Our team

We are sexual health experts who focus on the needs of the LGBTQI+ community. We’re determined to end HIV transmission in gay men. Over the last 10 years we’ve continually reinvented ourselves to drive rates down. Diagnoses at the clinic have fallen by over 80% from their peak in 2015.
We’re not here to tell you what to do. We want to empower people to manage their own (sex) lives and wellbeing. For us, providing it’s legal, nothing is weird when it comes to sex. We never make a judgement on anybody’s sex life or situation, everyone is welcome at 56 Dean Street.

I’ve been the clinical lead at the clinic since 1998 so have seen a lot of changes. Modern HIV treatments had just become available when I arrived. Nowadays HIV+ people can expect to have a normal life expectancy. Our next battle is to end HIV transmission. That’s why I launched our PRIME programme, PrEP Shop, the first 60 second HIV results service and lead our HIV promotion work. It’s really important to me that our service welcomes everyone and embraces London’s diversity. That’s why I’m so proud that over half of London’s gay men choose Dean Street for their sexual healthcare.

I have worked at 56 Dean Street for over 6 years and have been the Charge Nurse for the last 4 years. My role involves managing a large team of nurses and healthcare staff contributing to the day-to-day running of the service. I previously worked in A&E for 10 years, so I’m very comfortable in a dynamic, fast-paced environment like 56 Dean Street. The passion and motivation I have for my role comes from our commitment, innovation and unapologetic determination to support and care for the LGBT+ community.

I have been the Senior Health Adviser at 56 Dean Street since 2016 and in various roles within sexual health and HIV before that. Including nursing on HIV wards in the 90s. I’ve seen much positive change during this time which has been a privilege. My role involves coordinating our health adviser and recall teams and making sure people get access to treatment as fast and as effectively as possible. My team also supports people around positive results, sexual assault and PEP, amongst other things. What I love about working at 56 Dean Street is the passion for innovation and the can-do attitude of the staff. Both of which result in a better service for our community.

I’ve been a Clinical Psychologist at 56 Dean Street since 2018, working in sexual health, HIV and sexual problems since 2004. During my time, I’ve been involved in projects aiming to digitalise some of what we provide in the therapy room. With the aim of having a wider reach than face-to-face therapy can provide. This is something I’m really passionate about as many of the challenges we face are the marginalisation of minority groups, stigma, or sex-negative attitudes in society rather than problems within the person themselves. In my current role at 56 Dean Street, I work in both the psychosexual service and as a leader in the TransPlus service. A new pilot gender dysphoria clinic for trans and non-binary people commissioned by NHS England which we are hugely proud of.

I led the project team that developed and built 56 Dean Street and have been the Clinic Manager ever since. I’ve been working in sexual health since the 1980s. I believe it’s important that we progress, sharing our expertise and experience. This is why I produced the documentary film AIDS: Doctors and Nurses tell their Stories. I also believe it’s important that our services modernise and adapt as things change. I was pleased to win the Nursing Times ‘Nurse of the Year’ award for innovation in sexual health. I want 56 Dean Street to be an inclusive place where everyone feels comfortable. I’m leading on our new TransPlus gender dysphoria and wellbeing service for trans and non-binary people. Also, it meant so much to me to be awarded a Boyz magazine lifetime achievement award for outstanding contribution to London’s LGBTQ+ communities.

Our history

The world’s first Venereal Disease clinic for men opened in Soho in 1862. The area has always been the heart of London’s gay community, so it was only right that our clinic should proudly open its doors here.
1981

Professor Brian Gazzard diagnoses one of Europe’s first cases of AIDS

The world’s first Venereal Disease clinic for men opened in Soho in 1862. The area has always been the heart of London’s gay community, so it was only right that our clinic should proudly open its doors here.
1993

‘Outpatient 6’ relocates to Vincent Square and is renamed the Victoria Clinic

The world’s first Venereal Disease clinic for men opened in Soho in 1862. The area has always been the heart of London’s gay community, so it was only right that our clinic should proudly open its doors here.
2003

We become the first NHS service to offer rapid HIV POC testing

The world’s first Venereal Disease clinic for men opened in Soho in 1862. The area has always been the heart of London’s gay community, so it was only right that our clinic should proudly open its doors here.
2009

The clinic moves to Soho and becomes ‘56 Dean Street’

The world’s first Venereal Disease clinic for men opened in Soho in 1862. The area has always been the heart of London’s gay community, so it was only right that our clinic should proudly open its doors here.
2011

We set the world record for the most amount of HIV tests performed in one location

The world’s first Venereal Disease clinic for men opened in Soho in 1862. The area has always been the heart of London’s gay community, so it was only right that our clinic should proudly open its doors here.
2014

Dean Street Express opens – the first clinic globally with an Infinity machine, giving results by text message within just six hours

The world’s first Venereal Disease clinic for men opened in Soho in 1862. The area has always been the heart of London’s gay community, so it was only right that our clinic should proudly open its doors here.
2019

Having pioneered the use of HIV PrEP in the UK for several years, the clinic now supports over 10,000 people who take the HIV prevention medicine

The world’s first Venereal Disease clinic for men opened in Soho in 1862. The area has always been the heart of London’s gay community, so it was only right that our clinic should proudly open its doors here.
2020

56 Dean Street introduces the first PrEP service in a gay sauna

Our community needs you.

56 Dean Street has a deep understanding of factors around LGBTQI+ lifestyle, psyscho-sexual issues, the impact of wider society, discrimination and drug taking. This makes our approach truly unique.

Our dedicated, tenacious team goes above and beyond, delivering far more than what is ‘required’ to treat patients each day – particularly in helping the most vulnerable in our community. Over the last 10 years we’ve continually reinvented ourselves to drive HIV infection rates down. Diagnoses at the clinic have fallen by over 80% from their peak in 2015.

Whilst PrEP has been a game-changer in reducing HIV amongst certain groups, our big challenge today is educating those coming of age. We need to make sure young gay and bisexual men know about the risks involved in gay sex. It appears that HIV transmission is not going down in those under 25, with late teens being the most at risk.

If you are able, please consider supporting our work with a donation via our JustGiving page. With your help, we can continue to reach those most at risk, whose support options elsewhere may be limited.

AWARDS

Best Sexual Health Organisation or Clinic

Boyz Awards 2017, 2018 & 2019

Clinic of the Year

NAZ nOscars 2017 & 2019

Pride in London Special Recognition Award

Pride 2019

Patient Digital Participation

Health Service Journal awards 2018

Excellence in Content Management

Communiqué awards 2017
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