Unless you are aged under 18, sit and wait clinics are no longer available due to COVID-19. Our Devon Sexual Health clinics in Exeter, Barnstaple and Torbay are open but things are a little different and you can no longer arrive without an appointment. Here’s what to do;

• Anyone requiring our help needs to call first on 0300 303 3989.
• You will be booked onto a triage list and a nurse or doctor will call back as quickly as possible to discuss what you need.
• We are still able to provide emergency contraception (morning after pills), most methods of contraception, STI / chlamydia testingpregnancy testing and referrals for abortion, if needed.
• We can also discuss any concerns about sexual health, contraception or worries about unplanned pregnancy.
• Some patients may be invited in to visit the clinic to see a nurse or doctor face to face, or perhaps to come and collect pills or medication. We can also post some things to a home (or friend’s) address, if needed.

FOR UNDER 18s ONLY – walk-in clinics are available at all three of our centres at the times below.

Please note masks are still required to be worn on attendance.

Barnstaple Health Centre, Vicarage Street, Barnstaple– Mondays 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Castle Circus Health Centre, Abbey Road, Torquay – Tuesdays 2.30pm – 5.00pm

Devon Sexual Health, 31 Sidwell Street, Exeter – Tuesdays 4.00pm – 6.00pm

All of our sexual health and contraception services remain confidential, even for those under 16 years old.

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Accessing our service

In response to the emergence of COVID-19 we have implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

We are currently experiencing high demand for our Sexual Health Services across Devon and Torbay with unprecedented demand in Exeter. Please note always review urgent cases the same day. If your need is urgent and you are struggling to reach us keep trying as our phone system will explain how to access same-day care with us.

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception here.

Self-requested STI testing by post is available for those aged under 25- more info

We are now running an under 18’s sit and wait clinic at Exeter, Torquay, and Barnstaple for more information click here

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

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