Cases of MONKEYPOX virus are being seen in sexual health clinics.
It is contagious and can be passed on to other people through direct contact.
If you meet the criteria below, meaning that you could have monkeypox, please DO NOT come to clinic until you have been assessed over the phone and instructed to do so.
Please access your Personal Health Record to find out how to get an assessment.
- You have an unexplained rash on any part of the body, similar to the picture below,
and either - Have been in contact with a confirmed or probable case of monkeypox in the 21 days before your symptoms started OR - Have travelled to West or Central Africa, USA, Spain or Portugal in the 21 days before your symptoms started OR - Are gay, bisexual or other man who has sex with men
Our services are confidential. This means we won’t tell anyone (your parents, carers, school, friends, partner, police, GP etc.) about your visit. Sometimes we might need to share some information about you if we are worried that you or someone else is at risk of being harmed. If we needed to do this, we would always try and discuss it with you first.
Are there any circumstances where you would break my confidentiality?
There are some exceptional circumstances where confidentiality would be broken. Information in exceptional circumstances can be shared if:
- It is required by law
- It is felt to be in your or the public’s best interest i.e. child or adult safeguarding concerns
- it could prevent a serious crime e.g. terrorism
Your consultation will be kept confidential. Your notes are separate to your general medical records, and any tests we do are sent off using a number rather than a name.
Any information that you provide will be stored safely and securely.
Your contact details
We may occasionally need to contact you about your treatment. Please tell the clinic's reception or nurses how you would prefer to be contacted (a mobile number is fine) and keep us informed about any changes to your address or telephone number. The reception staff will check this on each visit to ensure we have your records up to date and improve how we communicate with you about your care.
Your electronic record
Your information is mainly kept in an electronic system. Like other NHS organisations, we use sophisticated and robust firewalls. The firewalls of our electronic system are regularly updated.