There are many local NHS services which provide free sexual health screening, a range of contraception options, as well as sexual health advice and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). These services are provided in a range of settings including: pharmacies, GPs, local clinics, and hospitals, all of which provide free, confidential and open access services.
The leaflet below will help you find a clinic near where you live or work. There is no need to feel embarrassed about seeking sexual health advice or care. Staff in the clinics are well-trained professionals who are expected to treat you with sensitivity and respect. Services are free and confidential and information will only be shared with you GP with your consent.
Walk-in or appointment?
Some clinics are walk-in services. At others you need to call to book an appointment. Most clinics are open during the day, although some offer an evening or weekend service. Remember that on a busy day you might have to wait some time before being seen, so it’s a good idea to give yourself enough time in case the clinic is busy. Sometimes, walk-in clinics get booked up quickly. You may want to call in advance to check with the clinic about their expected waiting times. If in doubt, arrive half an hour before the clinic start time.