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Last updated: 30 March, 2020 15:59pm

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GUM – Information for GPs

Referral criteria / commissioning position

Refer for:

Investigation of symptoms that could be related to a Sexual Transmitted Infection (STI) such as:

For males:

  • dysuria
  • discharge
  • testicular pain/swelling (if torsion excluded)

For females:

  • discharge
  • soreness/itch
  • menstrual irregularities esp. IMB/PCB
  • dyspareunia
  • pelvic pain

Patients can self-refer or be sent by GP – All GP letters sent with the patient will receive a reply.

Investigations prior to referral


Information to include in referral letter

  • Symptoms and duration
  • Any physical signs found e.g. ulceration
  • Describe problem and length of symptoms
  • Treatments and interventions, current & past tried including the results
  • Drug history (prescribed and non-prescribed)
  • Relevant past medical/surgical history
  • Current regular medication
  • BMI
  • Smoking status
  • Alcohol consumption
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