"Sexual Health Clinic"
About: Russells Hall Hospital Russells Hall Hospital Dudley DY1 2HQ
The reception staff are friendly but the doctors and some of the nurses are a bit abrupt. My understanding of the Gum clinic is that it treats all aspects of sexual health. This doesn't seem to be the case, as the doctors seem to suggest it is for the treatment of STD's only. After suffering all easter weekend with a bladder infection I decided it would be quicker to go there than try and get in at the doctors. The doctor made me feel a bit like I shouldn't have gone with something as trivial as a bladder infection, but back tracked when I pointed out it was genito- urinary medicine after all. My hubby had previously had a course of Hep B vaccines at the clinic to do with his job. He enquired how often he would need a booster (was previously told 5 years.) The reception staff said he should get his levels checked. The doctor basically told him he should have gone through occupational health at work. The nurse however couldn't have been nicer. I also had experience with the clinic back in 2011 where a rare candida was detected. The staff were lovely then.The treatment involved referral to another hospital for treatment. I wanted to get re-checked for this, as it had been 2years since last check, but was told I should have gone back to Heartlands. Its miles away and as it was picked up at russells hall in the first place it shouldn't have been an issue to re-test for it, but I was made to feel like it was. I also thought the doctors would have been more clued up about this rare candida but it was clear the doctor knew nothing about it or how it is treated, should it occur. The positive thing I would say is if it wasn't for the GU clinic, it wouldn't have been found at all and I had suffered for 10 years previous. The negatives are that if the doctors aren't better informed about it, other people could suffer or receive incorrect treatment for it. ( It was an "azole" resistant strain) but the doctor today questioned why it wouldn't have been treated with itraconazole. Felt like I knew more than her. I understand this may be an embarrassing post for some but don't know who to write my concerns to!