56 Dean Street

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56 Dean Street, based in Dean Street in London's Soho district, is the city's largest sexual health clinic.[1] Part of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, it also has a second branch, Dean Street Express,[2] at 34 Dean Street, which offers a fast-turnaround testing service.[3] As of 2017, the clinic was the largest HIV clinic in Europe.[4] In addition to its specialism in HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases, it also offers general sexual health care services, including contraception.[2]

The clinic has made the provision of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) a priority,[5] with the result that new HIV infection rates in London have dropped dramatically since the introduction of the new policy.[1]

As of 2018, limitations on funding have substantially reduced the clinic's ability to offer its services, with significant reductions in the number of appointments available each day.[6]

2016 data leak scandal

In May 2016, the clinic was fined £180,000 after the details of nearly 800 patients who had visited HIV clinics were leaked in an email. [7] A newsletter issued in 2015 was sent to patients of the clinic, but instead of blind copying patients' email addresses, every recipient was able to view the names and email addresses of other recipients. The scandal caused a lot of emotional distress and alarm, and a full apology was subsequently issued by the director of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the clinic.


  1. ^ a b "HIV 'may soon be wiped out in London' after dramatic drop in new infections". The Independent. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b "56 Dean Street — Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust". www.chelwest.nhs.uk. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Dean Street Express is the STI clinic of the future - we went inside". The Tab. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  4. ^ "HIV cases fall by 40% for second year at top clinic". Evening Standard. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Europe's largest sexual health clinic launches PrEP service due to huge demand". PinkNews. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  6. ^ "HIV Transmission Rates Have Fallen, But We Can't Be Complacent". Vice. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  7. ^ "NHS trust fined for 56 Dean Street HIV status leak". BBC. 6 May 2016.

Coordinates: 51°30′45″N 0°07′55″W / 51.5125°N 0.1320°W / 51.5125; -0.1320

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