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Dr Cecilia Priestley

Specialty
Genitourinary Medicine (GUM)

Qualifications
1985 MB ChB (Sheffield)
1990 MRCP (UK)
2000 FRCP (London)

Background
I trained in Genitourinary Medicine in Sheffield, but had been visiting my brother, a GP in West Dorset, for several years, and when a consultant post became available in 1995 I leapt at the opportunity.

Since my appointment, the activity of the department has increased steadily, and this was only possible through training the nurses, who represent a highly skilled workforce.

Special interests
I provide outpatient care for patients with HIV
I have a special interest in pelvic pain in women
I also see patients with recurrent thrush and genital dermatoses

New treatments introduced
National treatment guidelines for treatment of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) advocate the use of a two-week course of antibiotics; however these guidelines are mainly based on studies in women with acute PID, and the management of women with sub-acute and chronic infection is less well studied. Chronic pelvic pain is reported to occur in up to 40% of women following treatment.

I have pioneered the use of long term antibiotics, continuing treatment as long as the pain is improving or until it has resolved, and audit has demonstrated an increase in clinical cure rate from 35% to 80%.

Clinics
See https://sexualhealthdorset.org/clinics for details. I only undertake clinics at Sexual Health Dorset in Weymouth.

Contact
0300 303 1948

Key members of the team
Consultant Dr Sara Scofield
Associate Specialist in Psychosexual Medicine Dr Alison Vaughan
Matron Dave Mansley
Systems Manager/PA Hilary Loxton

Other information
Sexual health is commissioned by the local authorities, and there is a national move to integration of GUM and contraceptive services. In 2018, sexual health services across Dorset integrated as Sexual Health Dorset, with DHC as the lead provider subcontracting DCH and RBCH.

In September 2019, the clinic in Weymouth moved from The Park Centre for Sexual Health, where we had been based for over 20 years, to the next door building. The contraceptive team from Dorchester also moved to the new premises, called Sexual Health Dorset @ Weymouth.

GPs can contact the GUM team for specialist advice through Consultant Connect. 

 

Dr Sara Scofield

Qualifications
2001   MBBCh University of Wales, Cardiff
2005   MRCP London
2007   Diploma in GU Medicine
2008   Diploma FSRH
2010   LoC Subdermal implants
2010   Diploma in HIV medicine

Background
Following gaining MRCP while working in Royal United Hospital, Bath I went on to work in GUM in Chelsea and Westminster at SHO level to get experience of the specialty and decide if this was the career for me. I joined GUM specialty training in Bristol and following CCT worked for a few months as a locum consultant  in Salisbury before taking up a substantive consultant post in Weymouth in April 2012.

Special Interests
I provide outpatient care for patients with HIV. I have a special interest in young people and lead the young person's service in Weymouth.

Clinics
See https://sexualhealthdorset.org/clinics for details. I only undertake clinics at Sexual Health Dorset @ Weymouth.

I run a clinic in Blandford Community Hospital every Thursday, otherwise I am based in Weymouth Monday-Wednesday.

Contact
Telephone: 0300 303 1948 (public)

GPs can contact me by email sara.scofield@dchft.nhs.uk and also can contact the GUM team through Consultant Connect.

Key members of team
Consultant: Dr Cecilia Priestley
Associate specialist in psychosexual medicine and CASH: Dr Alison Vaughan
Matron: Mr Dave Mansley
Systems manager / PA: Mrs Hilary Loxton

Other information
Sexual health is commissioned by the local authorities, and there is a national move to integration of GUM and contraceptive services. In 2018, sexual health services across Dorset integrated as Sexual Health Dorset, with DHC as the lead provider subcontracting DCH and RBCH.

In September 2020, the clinic in Weymouth moved from The Park Centre for Sexual Health, where we had been based for over 20 years, to the next door building. The contraceptive team from Dorchester also moved to the new premises, called Sexual Health Dorset @ Weymouth.

The service offers STI testing for people who live in Dorset through our partnership with Sexual Health:24

https://sh24.org.uk/

Please visit the website for further information about the service:

https://sexualhealthdorset.org/clinics

GPs can contact the GUM team for specialist advice through Consultant Connect.