Sex and Relationship Clinic – Patient information leaflet
An information leaflet for anyone with a neurological disability and their partners, who are experiencing sexual problems from neurological change or difficulties within their relationship because of neurological change.
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We hope you will find the information in this leaflet useful. If you are not sure about anything in this leaflet please ask a member of staff.
Your appointment card gives the time of your appointment. If this time is inconvenient please telephone the number shown on your appointment card 0191 287 5100 An alternative appointment will be made for you. Please let us know – otherwise a valuable appointment will be wasted.
What is the Sex and Relationship Clinic (SARC)?
The clinic is for anyone with a neurological disability and their partners, who are experiencing sexual problems from neurological change or difficulties within their relationship because of neurological change.
The clinic is held on the second Friday of the month at Walkergate Park with a neurorehabilitation consultant.
What to expect
A confidential service to both male and female patients and/or their partners.
• Assessment and advice on the management of problems with sexual function caused by neurological change (such as pain, reduced erection and arousal difficulties).
• Support to identify and address emotional change, for example:
– Loss of interest or increased interest in sex.
– Fear of future injury/illness with the resumption of a sexual relationship.
– Counselling for sexual and or relationship matters.
Referrals to other specialists may be suggested if needed.
Questions you may wish to ask
If you have any questions please ask the Doctor you see at the clinic. It is often useful to make a list of questions prior to the clinic so you don’t forget.
Doctors in training
It is sometimes possible that Doctors taking higher medical training may request to attend the clinic. You will always be informed if this is the case and your permission asked. If you decline this will not affect your treatments and care in any way.
If you would like an interpreter, this can be arranged by the team.
What if I have a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint about the service?
If you want to make a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint you can:
• talk to the people directly involved in your care
• ask a member of staff for a feedback form, or complete a form on the Trust website www.cntw.nhs.uk (click on the ‘Contact Us’ tab)
• telephone the Complaints Department 0191 245 6672
• email firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that information sent to the Trust via email is sent at your own risk
• We are always looking at ways to improve services. Your feedback allows us to monitor the quality of our services and act upon issues that you bring to our attention.
You can provide feedback in the following ways:
– the quickest way for you to do this is to complete our short online survey at
– complete a Points of You survey, available from staff.
Sex and Relationship Clinic
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: 0191 287 5100
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Ref, PIC/159/1122 November 2022 V6
www.cntw.nhs.uk Tel: 0191 246 7288
Review date 2025