If you're coming for an FME, you'll already have had an appointment arranged for you through the sexual assault self-referral phone service. You'll be able to speak to a healthcare professional at a SARCS as part of arranging the appointment.
Attendance at a SARCS is by appointment only to make sure you have the privacy you need.
When you arrive at the SARCS, there will be healthcare professionals waiting to welcome you and talk you through the FME process. You can ask any questions you want to when you meet them.
If you would like to request an examiner of the sex you feel most comfortable with, you can tell the healthcare professional looking after you and every effort will be made to meet this request.
SARCS facilities are trauma-informed services, which means everyone is trained in helping people who have been through traumatic experiences. This means you don't need to worry about anyone judging you when you arrive, even if you're upset, angry, or don't feel able to talk.
Remember that everyone working in these services will listen and are there to help you.
You can decide to stop your appointment or examination at any time.
Learn about what happens during an FME