The Havens: Sexual Assault Referral Centre

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Specialist sexual assault referral centres (SARC) for patients who have been raped or sexually assaulted in the past 12 months. Three centre cover London.

  • Camberwell Haven, near to King’s College Hospital (south)
  • Whitechapel Haven, near to Royal London Hospital (east)
  • Paddington Haven, near to St Mary’s Hospital (west)

The centres provide:

  • initial assessments
  • forensic medical examinations
  • follow-up care that includes counselling, tests and treatment
  • interpreters, including those for British Sign Language

The centre will tell you whether to advise your patient to go immediately to The Havens for medical care and/or a forensic medical examination, or to visit the centre at a later date for aftercare

If the patient needs to be seen urgently, the centre will aim to see them within 90 minutes of making the appointment.

In most circumstances, the centre will speak directly to the person being referred before making the appointment.

Get more information on how to refer patients


Eligibility criteria

Inclusions

  • survivors of rape or sexual assault in the past 12 months, regardless of
    • age
    • ethnicity
    • gender
    • religion
    • sexual orientation or
    • profession

Exclusions

  • people who were raped more than 12 months ago

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs, Sexual health clinics, A&E

Directly by telephone

For rapes/assaults within the past seven days (24/7)

t: 020 3299 6900

The centre will tell you whether to advise your patient to go immediately to the Havens for medical care and/or a forensic medical examination, or to visit the centre at a later date for aftercare.
If patient needs to be seen urgently, the centre will aim to see them within 90 minutes of making the appointment.
In most circumstances, the centre will speak directly to the person being referred before making the appointment.

Non-urgent referrals or to discuss a potential or current referral

t: 020 3299 1599

Monday to Friday (not public/bank holidays), 9am-5pm.

Self-referral

The Havens take self-referrals, but patients must first call 020 3299 6900 (urgent advice and referrals, open 24/7). An interpreter (including for BSL) can be arranged if needed.

Non-urgent advice

For general enquiries and queries about follow-up and aftercare appointments including counselling.

t: 020 3299 1599 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, not public/bank holidays)


t: 020 3299 6900

w: https://www.thehavens.org.uk/visiting-us/making-an-appointment/


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