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Free Condoms – have your say!

The Devon and Torbay condom card (c-card) scheme has been around for a long time. It is time to see […]

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Christmas and New Year Opening Times

Over the festive period our three central clinics (Exeter, Barnstaple, Torbay) will be closed on bank holidays and at weekends, […]

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Condoms for Christmas in Devon & Torbay

The Eddystone Trust are offering free condoms to wrap up safely this Christmas. You can access their offer here. If […]

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5 things we wish you knew about gonorrhoea

1. Gonorrhoea is trending… Since summer 2019, we have seen a rise in gonorrhoea in Devon, particularly among heterosexual people […]

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Important Message

Limited access to implant and coil fittings at Devon Sexual Health – update

Updated 06.08.20 Devon Sexual Health in Exeter, Barnstaple and Torbay are now in a position to see some patients who […]

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Breaking the Chain: Time to test campaign

Covid-19 presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity in the fight against HIV and syphilis. Since the introduction of social distancing measures in […]

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COVID pregnancy

Thinking of trying for a baby during COVID?

Many people are currently considering planning for a pregnancy, but are unsure what the risks are. We can share what […]

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ALERT: Cervical smear scam text messages

We have received reports today of a possible scam. Some women are being contacted by text message, claiming to be […]

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Using a moon cup? Read this if you also have a coil in place..

We are aware that the use of moon cups and other menstrual cups is increasing due to concerns about the […]

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Abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a response to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the government has temporarily approved the use of telemedicine in some situations […]

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Sex, Social Distancing and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Updated 06.04.20 Our professional society, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) have released guidance on sex and […]

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Contraception during the COVID-19 pandemic

Updated 23.07.20 Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic we have had to significantly reduce the provision of routine […]

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Accessing our service during the COVID pandemic

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:

  • Those with vulnerabilities including but not limited to those who are: <18, attending abortion and maternity services, homeless, sex workers, victims of sexual assault, people with language barriers, drug and alcohol problems, learning disability, serious mental illness
  • Those aged <30 years

More details on LARC fittings at our service are found here

There is also specific advice on coronavirus available for People Living with HIV here, and for pregnant women 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.

Alternative provision:

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:

  • Emergency Contraception - at your local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills and LARC procedures - obtained from your GP
  • HIV postal testing - available to at-risk groups for a small fee -  more info
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info
  • Condoms by post (for gay and bisexual men only) - more info