"Huddersfield- long wait, small waiting room."
About: Locala Community Partnerships CIC / Contraception and sexual health (CaSH) Locala Community Partnerships CIC Contraception and sexual health (CaSH) Batley WF17 5PW
Posted by Do it for him - Not for HIV (as ),
I thought that the length of the wait for the walk in sexual health clinic was terrible. The waiting room is no bigger than my bedroom and not very private. You are sat in a waiting room with people waiting for contraception. I have tried to come to the clinic before but had to leave due to the wait time being over 2 hours. I also find the clinic very unfriendly to the LGBTQ community. The first time I came to the clinic months ago I ticked the option of a peace of mind check knowing that previously this included a full sexual health screening. When I walked into the room they wasn’t going to do a full sexual health check even though I had put on the form that I am gay. As a gay male I expect a full sexual health check, blood, swabs & urine.
I feel due to the length of the waiting times, the times that you can book an appointment are not convenient to those who work or study full time, and the waiting room isn't very private. I also feel that nervous people that have never been to a clinic before will be scared away.
On arriving at the clinic where was 8/9 people in the waiting room, I asked how long the wait will be the response was that they didn't know, and they had one nurse and one doctor on that day. I replied that it would be a long wait, to which they responded that one nurse was good enough. Whilst there many people came in and the first question they asked was the waiting time, this is clearly a massive concern and a well known one that there is a large wait time. People are leaving due to the waiting period being so extreme. After being there for an hour, the estimated wait was still 30min or more depending on their needs.