CSP Notification: Change to dual testing Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea (CSP under 25’s)
I have some great news in terms of an additional testing opportunity, covering all sites currently using BD tubes. Samples will shortly change to Hologic tubes (see below image):
NGH lab, which currently process BD chlamydia samples, will now be dual testing all CSP samples for both Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. The changeover deadline is 28 Feb 2020, from this date you will no longer be able to use a BD tube. This will allow under 25s CSP dual testing across the whole county.
Outreach staff are happy to discuss these changes with you and patients where needed, but we hope this will be viewed as a positive step, particularly as patients often ask whether test covers other STIs. Arrangements for this change are explained as follows:
- PATIENT INFORMATION
Patient should be informed test will now cover both Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea – see web link below:
- Both STIs have a similar presentation, often with no symptoms and if untreated can affect fertility
- Current Northants positivity for Gonorrhoea is around 4%
All CSP Pathforms for Hologic sites, will have an additional sticker saying,
- ‘By completing this you are consenting to a Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea test’.
Positive and negative result alerts remains via text, but with the additional Gonorrhoea result, it will read either:
- CS and GC result = Negative
- Please call CS on 0845 602 3511 (If either result is positive and/or negative, patient will get this text and Outreach staff will explain detail and arrange treatment)
Chlamydia treatment remains the same, but Gonorrhoea treatment will require an additional test to check for antibiotic resistance at GU, before any treatment is administered. All treatment remains free and confidential.
Thank you for your continuing support of the Chlamydia Screening Programme and supporting this change which will be an added benefit to patients. Please contact me if more clarification is required.
Sexual Health Outreach Lead
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Northamptonshire Integrated Sexual Health
Beckett House, 14 Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5AW
Hotline: 0845 602 3511
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