Sexual Health Services
We help over 28,000 people every year with contraception and concerns about sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Our services are not confined to our hospitals. We also run community clinics across Nottingham.
Your GP or other healthcare professional may refer you to our clinic. However, the service is open access, which means you dont need to be seen by anyone else before attending. All you need is an appointment.
All our services are strictly confidential for all of our patients, no matter the age or circumstance. Information our patients give us is not shared with anyone outside our sexual health service without the consent of our patients, unless it is necessary to protect someone from serious harm. Our higher standards of confidentiality are discussed with patients when they first attend our service.
COVID-19 and changes to sexual health services
We have temporarily changed our services in response to the coronavirus outbreak, to protect our staff, our patients and our local community.
Access to clinics during this time is via a telephone appointment in the first instance only – it is not possible to ‘walk in’. If you have a need that is not urgent, please consider whether this can wait until the coronavirus outbreak is over.
If you feel you need advice or treatment, call us on 01159 627 (between 9-5pm, Monday - Friday). You will be offered a telephone consultation, and if following this we need to see you in person we will offer an appointment at the City Campus clinic.
If you are under 25 and want STI testing, you can access online at freetest.me
For Emergency Contraception, this is available at community pharmacies but we recommend phoning ahead of your visit to find out their opening times and access to services.
Remember - During social isolation, it is not advised to have sex with anyone whom you do not live with, even a regular partner who lives in another house.
What to expect
When you arrive at one of our clinics you will be asked to register your details, even if we have seen you before. Your details will only be used by the sexual health service, and only to help with your treatment. Information about confidentiality is available. You will most likely need to wait in a shared waiting area until the healthcare team can see you. Other patients will not know the reason why you are attending and they will be attending for a wide variety of reasons themselves.
A nurse may be present to assist the doctor during any examination. If you have any concerns about this then please discuss them with the doctor. If you would like a friend or partner to be present during your examination then please tell the nurse or doctor.
The sexual health service uses a telephone interpretation system for some of the services we provide. For some appointments an interpreter may be present in the room.