Sexual health

Service overview

Our family planning and sexual health services provide free and confidential services for women and men of all ages in Merton and Hertfordshire: 

Clinic sites and times in Merton

  
Patrick Doody Clinic - Wimbledon
79 Pelham Road
Wimbledon
SW19 1NX
 
Tel.: 0203 458 5115 (clinic times only)
 
Monday, Wednesday ,Thursday: 1.30pm-7.30pm (walk-in and appointments)
Tuesday: 9.30am-4.30pm - appointments only (often bookable on the day)
Saturday: 10am-12pm - walk-in
 
  • STI screening for HIV and syphilis by appointment only
Wideway Medical Centre - Mitcham
Wideway
Mitcham
CR41BP
 
Tel.: 0203 458 5200
 
Monday 3pm-7pm - appointment only.
 

Further information:

  • Doctors not available at all clinics, please call for availability
  • STI screening for HIV and syphilis by appointment only 

 

  
 

Please be advised:

Some services previously provided by CLCH have now transferred to  Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. 

  • From 1 April 2017,  services in Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster 
  • From 3 July 2017, services in Barnet
Further details about the service provided can be found on the CNWL website

Contraception

We offer free and confidential advice and information about all methods of contraception, from a variety of sites. The service operates an open access policy, so there is no need for a referral. You can ring the central booking line for an appointment.

In some clinics you can just drop in, and if you need emergency contraception you will be seen at any clinic when it is open.

For services in Hertfordshire call 0300 008 5522 or visit our Hertfordshire Sexual Health Services website.

 

Services available

  

We offer:

  • Emergency contraception  
  • Oral contraceptive pills, combined and progestogen only
  • Contraceptive patch and ring
  • Injectable contraception
  • Subdermal contraceptive implant
  • Intrauterine contraception (IUD and IUS)
  • Fertility awareness method of contraception
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Referral for abortion
  • Cervical screening (smear test) in the Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster boroughs
  • Advice about gynaecological issues including the menopause. pre-menstrual syndrome and menstrual problems
  • Advice and specialist care for psychosexual problems
  • Advice and referral for breast problems.
  • Chlamydia screening if you are under 25 years old
  • We also have dedicated young people's sexual health clinics
  • Counselling and referral for male and female sterilisation

Please follow links to Family Planning Association leaflets below:

Contraception methods

Long acting reversible contraception

Contraceptive implant

Contraceptive injection

Contraceptive IUD

Contraceptive IUS

Combined pill

Progestogen only pill (POP)

Contraceptive patch

Contraceptive vaginal ring

Condoms

Diaphragm and caps

Sterilisation

Natural family planning

Bodyworks

  

What to expect when you get to clinic

  

When you arrive, you will be asked to complete a registration form. This will include personal details such as your name and date of birth. We will not share this information with anyone unless it is necessary for your care.

You will then see a health professional who will discuss options with you and offer you an examination or tests. You do not have to have an examination if you do not want it.

Clinics have a choice of male and female doctors and nurses.

Interpreting, chaperone and advocacy services are available.

We do sometimes run late for appointment times; please bear with us as our clinics can get very busy.

  

Information about different types of contraception

Feedback and improvement

  
We always welcome feedback on your experience of using our services. If you do have feedback please use our online form.


Example:

You said: "I like the walk-in clinic as it's hard to leave work during work hours - it makes my life easier!" 
To ensure our walk-in clinics run well, we have more nurse appointments. Patients are referred when needed.

If you would like to read other examples of how we respond to feedback, please read our 'You said, we did' section.
  

Emergency contraception

  

Emergency hormonal contraceptive tablets (Levonelle®)

This is available free from our contraceptive clinics, GPs and some pharmacies for under 21s. It is also available for purchase from high street pharmacies where it costs around £25. It is licensed for use up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, but can sometimes be used later on medical advice.

Emergency hormonal contraceptive tablets EllaOne®

This is available free from our contraceptive clinics. It is licensed for use up to 120 hours after unprotected sex.

Emergency intrauterine device:

This is available free from our contraceptive clinics. It is a more effective method than the emergency pill. It can sometimes be fitted more than 5 days after sex on medical advice, and can be used as an ongoing contraceptive or may be removed after the next period.

For more advice please ring your nearest clinic.

Please follow link to FPA leaflet on emergency contraception

Please follow link to Barnet pharmacies providing emergency contraception

  

Think you're pregnant?

  

We offer confidential and immediate on-site pregnancy testing at all our clinics, and consultation regarding planned and unplanned pregnancies. This is often a very difficult decision to take. If you are considering abortion, we can refer you in confidence without the need to consult with your GP apart from exceptional circumstances.

Please follow links below to Family Planning Association leaflets:

Planning a pregnancy

Unplanned pregnancy

Pregnant and don't know what to do

Unplanned pregnancy/abortion

  

Psychosexual clinic

  

Vale Drive Clinic, Tuesday afternoon, by appointment only.

Offering counselling, examination, and prescription where necessary, on all aspects of psychosexual dysfunction, including dyspareunia, vaginismus, loss of libido, and erectile problems such as impotence, retarded ejaculation, and premature ejaculation to individuals and to couples.

Clients may self-refer, or can be referred by medical practitioner.

Please phone 0208 447 3564 for an appointment

or write to;

Psychosexual Clinic
Contraception and Reproductive Health Service
Vale Drive Clinic,
Barnet
EN5 2ED

Fax: 0208 447 3510

  
 

STI and HIV Testing

We offer a range of services to treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and to test for HIV.

For services in Hertfordshire call 0300 008 5522 or visit our Hertfordshire Sexual Health Services website.

 

How do I make an appointment?

  

For Barnet ring the central booking number 0208 447 3631

For Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster boroughs ring the central booking number 0208 962 4466

Some clinics are drop in, please see the clinic list below.

  

Services available

  

We offer full STI testing including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis and hepatitis A B and C if required. We can also examine you to diagnose warts and herpes.

We also offer treatment for common conditions, and referral to genitourinary medicine specialists for conditions we cannot treat or test in clinic.

We can treat and test your partner, and contact them anonymously with your permission if you would find it difficult to explain once you have an infection.

You can pick up free condoms and ask any embarrassing questions which are concerning you.

  

What to expect when you get to clinic

  

When you arrive, you will be asked to complete a registration form. This will include personal details such as your name and date of birth. We will not share this information with anyone unless it is necessary for your care.

You should not pass urine for at least two hours before you see the doctor or nurse. You will then see a health professional who will discuss options with you and offer you an examination or tests. You do not have to have an examination if you do not want it.

Clinics have a choice of male and female doctors and nurses.

Interpreting, chaperone and advocacy services are available.

We do sometimes run late for appointment times; please bear with us as our clinics can get very busy. Expect to be in clinic for up to two hours.

We will contact you by your preferred method; normally text, mobile or email. You should get the results of your tests within ten days. If you have not received them, please contact the clinic to check.

  

Information about different sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

  

If you require specific information about any sexually transmitted infection please follow the links below to Family Planning Association leaflets:

Chlamydia

Genital herpes

Genital warts

Gonorrhoea

HIV

Non-specific urethritis

Pubic lice and scabies

Syphilis

Trichomonas Vaginalis

Thrush and bacterial vaginosis

Oral sex

  
 

Locations

 
 
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