Sexual health services for adults
Warrington Sexual Health Service is provided by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust and offers free, confidential sexual health services including:
- Connect Card
- Chlamydia and other STI screening, whether you have symptoms or not
- HIV testing
- Condoms and other contraception including emergency contraception, implants, IUS/IUD
- Natural family planning
- Post exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
- Pregnancy testing
- Psychosexual counselling (by referral only)
- Treatment for STIs
Anyone is welcome to attend the Warrington Sexual Health Service and you don't need to be referred by a doctor. Call them on 01925 644202 (Mon/Wed/Fri: 8.15am-7pm, Tues: 8.15am-5pm, Fri: 8.15am-2pm). They offer a number of walk-in clinics in various locations, and a limited number of bookable appointments. Clinic locations and opening times are available on their website: warringtonsexualhealth.nhs.uk.
If you have a physical, sensory or mental impairment, the service has staff and resources to provide extra support. You can ring them yourself, or your carer/support worker/friend/family can contact them.
Sexual health services for young people
The Connect Service is a confidential teenage sexual health drop-in service for all people under the age of 19 years. The clinic can give you information and advice and you can talk to someone in confidence about your sexual health. You can get a Connect Card, which is a free and confidential scheme providing free condoms, advice and information for young people. Visit their website for more information: warringtonsexualhealth.nhs.uk.
Free emergency contraception is available from the Connect Service. If Connect is closed, call 01925 650999 for GP out of Hours at Warrington Hospital. Some pharmacies also offer emergency contraception.
You can also be tested for chlamydia, which is the most commonly diagnosed STI around and often known as the ‘silent’ infection due to the lack of noticeable symptoms. It is easy to get tested in Warrington!
Emergency hormonal contraception can be given up to 72 hours after unprotected sex and is available free from all contraceptive and sexual health clinics, the Connect Service, your family doctor, Warrington Emergency Out of Hours Service and some pharmacies (even if you are under 16). Copper coils can also be used for emergency contraception up to five days after unprotected sex. For advice or to make an appointment please call 01925 644202.
Visit the NHS website for a list of the local Warrington pharmacies where you can go for your emergency contraception. You may also wish to consider having an STI test at the pharmacist if you have had unprotected sex.