56 Dean Street
About Dean Street
56 Dean Street is a friendly, convenient and free NHS sexual health clinic in the heart of London. The service—based in Soho—also offers full outpatient HIV clinic services.
56 Dean Street offers appointments if you:
- want to see a doctor
- are worried or have questions
- need treatment
- have symptoms (you've noticed something wrong)
- have had sex with someone with a confirmed STI/STD
- would like safer sex advice or counselling
- want chem-sex advice
- need contraception (family planning)
- want HIV follow-up care
You can walk-in to 56 Dean Street for:
- P.E.P. (treatment taken for 28 days to prevent HIV Infection after exposure)
- Emergency Contraception
- Emergency Appointments (see below)
Our emergency appointments go very quickly. These are reserved for people with urgent problems (eg genital blisters, penile discharge or a partner has told you that they have gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis or LGV). If you hope to be seen, we will be most likely to be able help you, if you arrive when the clinic first opens.
Public Health England recommend that gay men should test every three months if they regularly have unprotected sex with new partners. If not, they should HIV test at least once a year. People who find out early that they have HIV live longer healthier lives than those who test late. That’s why we can offer you a free rapid HIV test throughout our opening hours at Dean Street Express and 56 Dean Street. We have tests that give HIV results in 60 seconds.
Dean Street history
Dean Street has a long history of providing sexual health services. The world’s first VD clinic for men was based at 91 Dean Street, London in 1862. Over the years our GUM clinic has had several different names and has been based in different parts of London. Originally we were part of the Westminster Hospital and were known as Outpatient 6. It was at the Westminster Hospital that Professor Brian Gazzard diagnosed one of Europe’s first cases of AIDS in 1981.
In 1993, the Westminster Hospital moved to Fulham Road to become part of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Outpatient 6 relocated to Vincent Square and we changed our name to the Victoria Clinic. We've been known as '56 Dean Street' since we moved to Soho in March 2009.
In 2011 we set the World Record for most HIV tests performed in one location on World Aids Day at G-A-Y Bar in Soho, London. In 2014 we opened Dean Street Express, the first clinic in the world to have an on-site Infinity machine, allowing this service to give results within 6 hours.
The Trust’s HIV and sexual health centres have an excellent national and international reputation. We’ve always tried to be at the forefront of developing high quality services. In 2003, we were the first NHS service to offer rapid 1 hour HIV POC testing. As a consequence, the clinic has won several national awards for its excellent, innovative and engaging work.
We aim to deliver a first class HIV and sexual health service for all our patients by utilising the latest technology in a modern environment (including Wi-Fi internet access), delivered by a warm and friendly team of staff.
It’s really important to us that our service is convenient which is why we offer 4 late evening clinics and are one of the few NHS GUM clinics in the UK to open on Saturday.
We look forward to welcoming you to our service.
—The 56 Dean Street Team