posted by: Jonathan Shaw
Over the Easter weekend our three central clinics (Exeter, Barnstaple, Torbay) will be closed on bank holidays and at weekends. Please check the opening hours of your local service before contacting them.
When our clinics are closed, Emergency contraception (the morning-after-pill) is also available free of charge from Walk-in centres, Minor Injury Units and some pharmacies – click here to find your local provider . We would recommend if you are planning to go to a pharmacy for emergency contraception that you call first to check there is a pharmacist on duty who is able to supply this medication.
If you think you have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours and require emergency PEP medication, this is available from all major A&E hospital departments when sexual health clinic are closed. Details about PEP and where to access locally are here.
Monday 29th March – Thursday 1st April: Normal opening hours
Friday 2nd April – Monday 5th April: CLINICS CLOSED
Tuesday 6th April onwards: Normal opening hours – The telephone triage list operating on this day is likely to be BUSY so if you need a routine check or anything non-urgent, it may be better to defer calling for a few days.
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How to access our service:
We have now implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. This system will be in place for the duration of the pandemic. Please contact our services to access this triage system. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.
If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus please do not attend the clinic. Clear advice for people with symptoms of coronavirus is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus .
Advice from our service:
We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception during this pandemic here.
If you need the combined contraceptive pill please try (if you can) to get updated measurements of your height, weight and blood pressure before calling us.
We are currently prioritising these groups for coil and implant (LARC) fits:
More details on LARC fittings at our service are found here
Self-requested Sexual Health screening by post is available for for under 25s only - more info here
For others with testing requirements please contact the service on 0300 303 3989.
Information is now also available to advise on sexual contact during a time of social distancing here.
Please be aware that we may have to cancel, rearrange or shut clinical services in response to changing clinical and staffing pressures created by the Coronavirus pandemic.
If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available: