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Some things may be different from clinic to clinic, but here’s a rough idea of what to expect when you attend a GUM clinic.

Before you go
  • Clinics are usually open office hours (not weekends or bank holidays).
  • You're best ringing the clinic to ask about opening times and appointments. Most clinics use an appointments system.
  • Some have early evening clinics one or more days a week.
  • Sometimes a clinic might not be able to see you for a few days or weeks.
  • If you have symptoms tell the receptionist as this should mean you’re seen quicker.

Have you left enough time? It can take up to four hours to see a doctor, have tests, get results, be given treatment and talk to a health adviser.

  • You shouldn’t piss for about two to four hours - the clinic will need to take a sample of your piss when you get there. Pissing washes bacteria out of your cock, making it harder for tests to find signs of infections.
  • Make a note of any medicines you’re already taking - you’ll be asked this at the clinic.
  • Take something to read - there’s often a lot of waiting.
  • Think about the questions you might be asked at the clinic.

This article was last reviewed on: 21/10/11
Date due for next review: 21/10/13