Welcome to Sexual Health Rochdale
We provide free and confidential sexual health services in Rochdale, Middleton, Heywood and Littleborough. This includes information and advice on all types of contraception, STI testing and treatment. Our service is confidential, non-judgemental and for people of all ages, genders and orientations.
Services available at sexual health clinics in Rochdale
- Counselling and advice
- Contraception (all types)
- Emergency contraception (emergency contraceptive pills and the emergency IUD)
- Screening and treatment for all sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including people living with HIV
- Express testing
- Hepatitis B vaccinations
- Pregnancy testing
- Coil and implant fitting and removal
- Support with making a referral for termination of pregnancy
- The Outreach team for young people aged between 13-19
For smear tests, please visit your GP. You can also access most contraception including first and repeat prescriptions at your GP.
Rochdale Sexual Health Clinics
Croft Shifa Health Centre (Closed during COVID-19)
Belfield Road, Rochdale, OL16 2UP
F1, Middleton Way, Middleton, Manchester, M24 4EL
Littleborough Health Centre (Closed during COVID-19)
Featherstall Road, Littleborough, OL15 8HF
Heywood Clinic (Closed during COVID-19)
Phoenix Centre, Pine Street, Heywood , OL10 1DT
If you need support out of hours, visit the Rochdale Urgent Care Centre at Rochdale Infirmary, OL12 0NB. This is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In an emergency out of hours, visit your nearest A&E which is likely to be Fairfield General Hospital on Rochdale Road, BL9 7TD.
Emergency contraception - IUDs
Emergency IUDs are the most effective form of emergency contraception and can be fitted at our sexual health clinics (please call us on 0300 303 8565 or book an appointment online). Emergency contraceptive pills are available free from our sexual health clinics, some pharmacies and GP practices. Out of hours, emergency contraceptive pills are available from most NHS walk-in centres, minor injury units, and some hospital A&E departments. It is also available (at a cost) from most pharmacies.
If you’ve had unprotected sex and want to know your pregnancy risk and options, you might like to use the SXT emergency contraception calculator. This will help you to assess your pregnancy risk but it cannot tell you for certain whether you are or will become pregnant.
Emergency contraception - contraceptive pills
Emergency contraceptive pills are available free from our sexual health clinics, some pharmacies and GP practices. Out of hours, emergency contraceptive pills are available from most NHS walk-in centres, minor injury units, and some hospital A&E departments. It is also available (at a cost) from most pharmacies.
Click on the red Emergency pill finder button below to find out where you can get the emergency contraceptive pill near you.Emergency pill finder
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Virgin care Sexual Health is now commissioned to provide PrEP, free of charge to all users who meet the eligibility criteria.
PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis involves HIV negative people taking HIV medication as a method of helping to prevent HIV infection. Recent research has shown that if taken correctly, this medication is highly effective at preventing HIV infection.
PrEP does not protect against any other STI’s, only HIV. You need to take other precautions in addition to PrEP to protect yourself from all other STIs. We recommend regular STI testing if you are on PrEP. You should have a HIV test every 3 months.
PEPSE (anti-HIV medication)
PEPSE can stop HIV infection taking hold after the virus has entered the body. However, it is an emergency measure to be used as a last resort, for example if a condom breaks. Please call us if you think you need PEPSE on on 0300 303 8565. You can get this from Sexual health and HIV clinics, Accident & Emergency. Regular family doctors (GPs) don’t give PEPSE.
Rape and abuse
If you’ve been sexually assaulted, please don’t suffer alone. It’s important that you’re seen as soon as possible for physical and emotional support. You can call us straight away but we recommend you first contact your nearest Sexual Assault & Referral Centre (SARC) which is St Marys SARC, located in St Mary’s Hospital, York Place, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL (opposite the Whitworth Art Gallery). Their opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and they have a 24hour phone line: 0161 276 6515.
Order a free STI test
Order condoms online
Changing your appointment
Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to change your appointment time or if you are unable to attend your appointment. Please contact 0300 303 8565, or change/cancel your appointment online if you have created an online account.
- Marie Stopes (abortion services)
- St Mary’s (Sexual Assault & Referral Centre)
- George House Trust (support living with HIV)
- Turning Point: Rochdale drug & alcohol treatment services
- Early Break (drug & alcohol services for under 21’s)
- LGBT Foundation
- LGBT Fed
- NEDAP (support for victims of domestic abuse within LGBT relationships in the North East)
- Rochdale Council (report a child at risk)
- Domestic Violence and Abuse Rochdale
- Kooth - online mental wellbeing community