Contraception and Sexual Health Clinics
Hope House Sexual Health Services provides sexual health care across the county. It is free and available to anyone who needs it.
Don’t walk in. Phone in.
The Specialist Sexual Health Service now operates a telephone triage system to help ensure people get directed to the right point of care for their needs. If you are over 25 and contacting the service for routine contraception, you may be directed to your GP.
I have no symptoms, but would like to get tested for a Sexually Transmitted Infection.
As long as you are over 16 years old and have no symptoms you can now test at home. A range of tests are available, ‘Dual’ – Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea, ‘Quad’ – Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV and Syphilis, and test kits for men who have sex with men.
For further information on testing at home click here: Request Home Test Kit
If you have symptoms of an STI or you think you may have been exposed to HIV, please call 0300 421 6500 before 11 am from Monday to Friday for an appointment with the Specialist Sexual Health Service.
Where do I go for contraception if I am over 25?
If you are over 25 years old and require routine contraception, the Specialist Service may direct you to your GP. This includes requests for the contraceptive pill, injections, and the fitting and removal of coils and implants. All GP practices have nurses and doctors trained to provide contraception.
If you are seeing your GP for the contraceptive pill, please take your current pill packet with you so they know which brand you are using.
Remember to plan ahead and contact your GP to make an appointment before your prescription is due. If you are using the contraceptive pill, and are unable to get an appointment with your GP, a pharmacy can provide you with a month’s supply to tide you over. Please take a strip of your current pill with you. See link for further information: NHS Choices
If your GP is unable to provide coil or implant fitting, they will refer you to a neighbouring GP practice which provides the service.
I am under 25 and would like a coil or an implant fitted by the sexual health service.
Check our services page to see if an online appointment is available, it is vital that you read the essential information for a coil fit. If there are no online appointments available, call 0300 421 6500 for a routine appointment.
I would like to access emergency contraception
Did you know that you can also have a coil fitted to provide emergency contraception (up to five days after unprotected sex). This will also provide you with on going contraception. If you would like to discuss this option, please call the Sexual Health Service on 0300 421 6500 (before 11 am from Monday to Friday) or contact your GP.
You can read more about the coil and other forms of emergency contraception: here.
If you are under the age of 25, you can get emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) (‘the morning after pill’) free from most pharmacies in the county. If you are over the age of 25 years, depending on your situation, you may need to pay for EHC at the pharmacy. Your pharmacist can advise.
Women of all ages can also get EHC from their GP on prescription. If you are having problems accessing EHC, please call the Sexual Health service on 0300 421 6500 (before 11 am from Monday to Friday).
Worried about a recent risk of HIV?
If you are worried about a risk of HIV in the last 72 hours you may need post-exposure prophylaxis after sexual exposure (PEPSE). Please call 0300 421 6500 between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday. Outside of these times please attend your local Accident Emergency or Minor Illness and Injury Unit (MIIU)
When you attend
Please ensure you arrive around 10 minutes before your allotted time to complete your registration. If you are more than 10 minutes late for your appointment you may not be seen.
All our clinics are closed on UK Bank Holidays.
If we do not have the correct medication in stock we may have to ask you to collect your treatment from a Lloyds Pharmacy. There is no charge for the treatment of STI’s or contraception.
We have a planned agreement with the following pharmacies:
Main Lloyds Pharmacy for sexual health service.
56 Coronation Square, Edinburgh Place, Cheltenham, GL51 7SA
- Monday-Friday 9:00-18:00 Patient Access
- Saturday 9:00-13:00 Patient Access
- Prescriptions from all clinics
Lloyds Rosebank Pharmacy, 153c, Stroud Road, Gloucester, GL1 5JL. 01452 523205
- Monday – Friday 8:30-18:30 Patient Access
- Saturday 9:00-13:00 Patient Access
- For collection of prescriptions issued in Gloucester only, including HIV and PEP.
- Pregnancy Advisory Service
- Psychosexual Medicine
This is a specialist service which provides assessment and treatment for sexual difficulties which may be caused by physical and/or psychological factors.
- HIV Clinics- for management of people living with HIV
- Complex Contraception Clinic
Referral only clinic for management of complex contraception.