Under 18’s sit and wait clinics at Exeter, Barnstaple and Torquay

posted by: Amy Toy

Who: This service is for patients aged 17 and under only

When / where:

Exeter:  Sidwell St Walk-In Centre, EX4 6NN – Every Tuesday evening (4pm – 6pm)

Torquay: Castle Circus Health Centre, Abbey Rd,  TQ2 5YH – Every Tuesday (2pm – 5pm)

Barnstaple: Health Centre, Vicarage St, Barnstaple EX32 7BH, Every Monday (3:30pm – 5:30 pm)

How: You can walk-in to our building to ask to be seen on the same day

What services does the clinic offer?

  • Access to contraception services and advice
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Access to emergency contraception (the morning after pill)
  • STI testing and treatment

What happens when I arrive?

When you arrive go to reception. The receptionist will ask you to fill in a form with your name and contact details as well as some information about why you are attending. You don’t have to give your real name if you don’t want to. You’ll then be asked to sit and wait to see one of our team.

Confidentiality:

Everything that happens at a Devon Sexual Health clinic is completely confidential. We won’t tell your GP or your parents, even if you are under 16, unless we are worried about you. If we do have concerns, we will usually tell you what we’re worried about and discuss with you what we plan to do to help keep you safe.

** You will be required to wear a face mask unless exempt and need to be COVID symptom free.**

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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