We recommend an initial 45 minute consultation with one of us, where we will be able to carry out a comprehensive and holistic assessment of your sexual concern (see “About Us”).
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We carry out our consultations at the Nuffield Health Brighton Hospital. Enquiries regarding booking appointments can be made by phone or email (see Contact Us). You may wish to ask your GP to refer you, thereby providing us with all your medical details. Equally, we appreciate that some people prefer not to discuss this with their GP, and we would respect any request to keep your consultation fully confidential. If you choose to self-refer, it would be really helpful if you could bring along a summary of any medical problems and medications. Most GPs will be happy to provide you with a copy of your medical summary, though you would need to check on an individual basis. Alternatively, your own version would suffice, if you are confident that you know the most important features of your medical history. This should include any recent tests that you may have had, especially if potentially relevant to your problem.
Unfortunately, for the majority of cases, a consultation for a purely sexual problem would not be covered by private medical insurers. However, this may vary depending on whether the problem is linked to an underlying medical issue, such as diabetes, concerns about hormone insufficiency (e.g. low testosterone / hypogonadism), prostate problems, cancer treatments, etc. It may be worth specifically checking with you insurer if you believe your symptoms are a result of another condition. Otherwise, many people will choose to self-fund. Details of our rates are available here.
If you are able to give us a brief description of your symptoms before attending our clinic (see Contact Us), this will allow us to plan ahead, and we may send out a specific relevant questionnaire for you to fill in. This can give you time to consider specific aspects of your problem, and how severely they are affecting you.
If you are in a relationship, we would encourage you to come along with your partner. Whilst not essential, this often helps us get a more complete picture of any sexual issues. We do appreciate that some people prefer to attend alone, at least in the first instance.
During the consultation, by the very nature of the problems discussed, we will have to ask some quite personal questions. We are sensitive to the fact that some people may find this a little uncomfortable at first. You should feel free to use your own words to describe any concerns that you have, and of course anything discussed will be treated in the utmost confidence.
We will often also recommend a physical examination, including of your genitals. This would certainly only be done with your full consent, and you will be offered a chaperone (for example, for women, a female member of staff), to accompany us during the examination.
We will also usually recommend some investigations to look into possible contributing causes for your symptoms. This will typically involve, as a minimum, some blood tests. The need for other investigations will depend on the nature of your problem, and we can discuss these at your consultation, if indicated. Sometimes your GP may have undertaken similar tests recently and we would be pleased to see these results.
We will provide you with written reports of any consultations. Again, we will only send a copy of this to your GP with your explicit consent. We can provide any private prescriptions that may be required, or again could write to your GP to advise on prescriptions. This may be particularly relevant if you are entitled to NHS prescriptions for any condition treated: again, we can discuss this at the time of the consultation.
We will sometimes also recommend some form of counselling or therapy for individuals or couples, with a local qualified practitioner. The need for this will vary and we can discuss it after the consultation.
If you have any further queries, please Contact Us.