When we are closed, there are still places where you can go for help.
Emergency Contraception is also available from:
PEP is a course of anti-HIV medication that must be started as soon as possible after you’ve been exposed to HIV, ideally within a few hours.
PEP is also available from the Emergency Department (A&E).
If you think you have been at risk of an HIV exposure then you might be eligible for PEP. This is a month-long course of HIV drugs that someone takes very soon after sex which had a risk of HIV transmission. The drugs are the same ones taken by people with HIV. The sooner PEP is started, the more likely it is to work; within 24 hours is best, but no later than 72 hours (3 days). After 72 hours PEP is unlikely to work.
PEP is available from the clinic during our opening times. If we are closed then DON'T DELAY, go to A&E for assessment as the sooner you start to take the medication, the better chance you have of preventing HIV.
If you've been sexually assaulted there are services that can help. You don’t have to report the assault to police if you don’t want to. Other services and organisations won’t insist that you do. However, consider getting medical help as soon as possible because you may need to consider Emergency Contraception and PEP in certain situations.
The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) – is a service based in Slough for forensic examinations (even if you haven’t reported the incident to the police).
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For any other urgent issue we suggest you start with your GP or WestCall (GP out of hours service). Please call 111 to access WestCall for medical advice.
Out of hours WestCall: 111