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Diagnostics within the clinic to test for gonorrhoea and chlamydia reduces the time to treatment: a service evaluation
  1. I Wingrove1,
  2. A McOwan1,
  3. N Nwokolo2,
  4. G Whitlock1
  1. 1Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  2. 2Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr G Whitlock, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, 56 Dean Street, London W1D 6AQ, UK; gary.whitlock{at}

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Rapid on-site diagnostics permit prompt recognition and treatment of infections. We introduced the GeneXpert system (Cepheid, California, USA) within 56 Dean Street, a central London sexual health clinic. The machine processes Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) samples in 90 min by real-time PCR.

We present the results of the service evaluation of a pilot where GeneXpert was used to process samples from individuals attending outreach or specialised clinics. Asymptomatic attenders whose samples were processed using the GeneXpert system were compared with asymptomatic ‘standard of care’ …

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  • Contributors IW collected and processed samples. GW collated the results and wrote the abstract. AM and NN set up the pilot study.

  • Competing interests None.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.