Vasectomy Referral

The Solent Sexual Health Service is the single provider of vasectomies for all men in Hampshire (excluding Isle of Wight), Portsmouth and Southampton cities.

The Vasectomy Service is based at St Mary's Community Health Campus in Portsmouth however the service operates out of a variety of different sites across Hampshire, both sexual health clinics and GP practices. 

Referrals

We are no longer able to accept self referrals. All men requesting a vasectomy will need to be referred by their GP. 

To refer a patient:

  • GPs must refer using the NHS E-referrals system using the following criteria: 
    • Speciality "Urology"
    • Clinic Type "Vasectomy"
    • Click “Search Primary Care”
    • Select the Vasectomy service required
      • Solent Vasectomy Service - Solent NHS Trust - R1C
      • Southampton Vasectomy Service - various sites - Solent NHS Trust - R1C
      • Hampshire Vasectomy Service - various sites - Solent NHS Trust - R1C
  • Book your patient a telephone consultation appointment
    • Please ensure that the patient is aware that:
      • this is a telephone call (not a face to face appointment) with one of our specially trained Health Care Assistant's who can answer any specific questions
      • they must NOT be driving at the time of this telephone appointment
      • the telephone number usually appears as 02381 032800
      • they must answer their phone at the appointment time otherwise they will miss their appointment
    • Please ensure that we have the correct telephone number(s) for the patient
      • mobile (preferable) and home. 
  • A supporting letter or completed referral proforma must be uploaded within 3 days of the NHS e-referral to avoid delays in patient care.

Online Questionnaire

Following receipt of the completed referral (including letter/referral proforma), all patients will be sent their login details to enable them to complete an online questionnaire:

  • ideally they will complete this questionnaire before their telephone consultation
  • if they are unable to complete this themselves, we can arrange for an HCA to assist them.

Telephone Consultation

At the time of their consultation, patients can book for their vasectomy operation. They can choose to have their vasectomy operation done in any one of our sites.

After the operation

All patients will be asked to provide at least one semen sample, at least 16 weeks after their operation, to confirm that the operation has been successful. They are able to produce the semen sample in the comfort of their own home and submit the sample via the post. Men will be informed of the result of their semen sample within 4 weeks of the sample date. 

Please note:

  • Once the patient has been referred, it is our expectation that all patients will undergo their vasectomy operation, it is our expectation that all patients will undergo their vasectomy operation within 18 weeks from referral. If they are unable to do this we will remove them from our waiting list and they will have to return to you to be referred again.
  • If a patient fails to attend any appointment without prior notification, we will remove them from our waiting list and they will have to return to you to be referred again.
  • We will only allow men to cancel and rebook one operation appointment. If they are unable to attend that new appointment, they will be discharged from our waiting list and will need to return to you to be referred again.
  • Cancellations within 24 hours of their operation appointment will be classed as a “failure to attend” as above.
  • If you are unable to refer through NHS E-referrals then you can email the referral to SNHS.VasectomyReferrals@nhs.net. Please ensure that referrals are sent as separate file attachments. 

 

Patients requesting or needing a general anaesthetic should also be referred to the Vasectomy service who will forward the referral on to secondary care providers as necessary.

Once the completed assessment has been reviewed, patients will have their operation appointment booked at the location of their choice.  

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