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Services we offer
At Whittall Street Clinic, we provide lots of different services to help you stay healthy when you're sexually active.
You can call us for advice, drop in (please note our walk-in capacity is limited at present) or make an appointment if you are worried about any aspect of your sexual health.
To find out more about how we can help you, check out the different areas on our site.
- Free and accurate testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI)
- Free treatment for STI
- HIV testing
- Prevention of HIV transmission after sex (PEPSE)
- Emergency contraception
- Assisting you to inform your sexual partners if you have been diagnosed with an STI
- Sexual health information
- Contraception advice and counselling
- Free condoms
- Pregnancy testing
- Psychosexual clinics
- Appointment within 2 normal working days for most of our patients
- U16 services
- Victims of sexual assault
Services we do not offer
At Whittall Street Clinic, we do not offer the services listed below.
Blood group testing
Talk to your GP. GPs may charge a fee for blood tests. Alternatively, you can attend blood bank services and donate blood; your blood group test will be free.
Cervical screening is an important investigation for women older than 25 years or women at any age with HIV infection. Cervical screening does not test for cancer. It identifies abnormalities that if left untreated may develop into cancer after several years. Women older than 25 years should have cervical screening every three years. Women older than 50 years should have the test every five years. HIV infected women should have cervical screening every year. You can arrange for the test via your GP. Alternatively, you can attend Family Planning Clinic at Boots.
If you need a DNA test, talk to your GP who can advise you on how to go about this.
Erectile dysfunction and impotency
Sexually transmitted infections do not cause erectile dysfunction. If you are affected by erectile dysfunction, it is important for you to discuss this with your GP. Erectile dysfunction can be caused by several diseases and needs further investigation.
Fertility testing and treatment
If you need any help and advice about fertility issues, you should talk to your GP. It is advisable for patients seeking fertility treatment to be tested for STI too.
HPV vaccination (anti cervical cancer)
At present, women younger than 24 are eligible for HPV vaccine. Other groups of patients need to pay for HPV vaccination. Contact your local primary care trust which is responsible for implementing the HPV vaccination programme.
Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARCS)
These are very reliable, and safe methods of contraception. They are considered as ideal contraception because women do not need to take them every day. They provide contraception for five years. Mirena systems (IUS) that need to be placed inside the woman’s womb or Implanon that should be placed under women’s skin are considered as LARC. You can obtain more information when you attend our clinic at Boots. Alternatively, visit the BRASH website for more information on both of these forms of contraception and how you can get them.
Other forms of contraception
You can obtain further information on other forms of contraception: pills, injections, coils, etc from our Boots clinic. Alternatively, visit the BRASH website for more information.
Relate offers all kinds of relationship counselling services: find out more on their website at www.relate.org.uk. Relate offers support face to face, by phone and through their website.
Termination of pregnancy
Pregnant women who need to terminate should contact their GP or family planning clinics to arrange the procedure. It would be best to arrange the procedure at the earlier stages of pregnancy.
Visit the BRASH website for more information about terminations or talk to your GP.
You will need to be immunised against certain infections if you are travelling to certain parts of the world. Your GP is the best person to advise you if you need to be vaccinated for your travel.