‘Waving the flag for sexual health during the pandemic’ – Nursing Times

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I have just learned that some of my service has been shut. I work in sexual health and I am currently on annual leave and should be relaxing in North Devon, but like everyone else am currently under house arrest.

I have been nursing for over 30 years and last week was one of the most extraordinary weeks that I have ever known. Our service changed daily in response to the current Covid-19 pandemic and I have absolutely no idea of what I am going back to.

“As nurses, we are used to having the needs of the individual person our prime concern and now suddenly this has been turned upside down”

Our immediate response to the crises was to move as much sexual healthcare as we could to telephone consultation and online testing. A tight system of triaging was put in pace and numbers in the waiting room were reduced. It felt counter-intuitive to be diverting, rather than encouraging people to attend.

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As nurses, we are used to having the needs of the individual person our prime concern and now suddenly this has been turned upside down and the needs of the public and the greater good are now the focus of our work.

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