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Welcome to Sexual Health Rochdale

 

We provide free and confidential sexual health services in Rochdale. 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.

Everyone is welcome and you don’t need to see a GP first. You can attend one of our walk-in clinics, book an appointment online 24/7 or speak to us on 0300 303 8565 or book an appointment online. Our phone line is available Monday to Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 8am – 5.30pm and Saturday 9am-5pm.

Services available

  • 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
  • Hepatitis B vaccinations
  • Smear tests
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Coil and implant fitting and removal
  • Support with making a referral for termination of pregnancy

For smear tests, please visit your GP. You can also access most contraception including first and repeat prescriptions at your GP.

Urgent symptoms

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

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.

Call 0161 276 6515 Available 24h

Order a free STI test

Get free condoms

If you’re under 25, you can get free condoms at our sexual health services and some GP surgeries by registering for the c-card scheme. You only need to register once and then you’ll get a card (like a credit card) so you don’t have to ask for condoms at any of the venues if you feel embarrassed.

You can also order free safer sex packs (condoms & lube) from the LGBT Foundation. 25 or over? You can access free condoms at any of our sexual health or contraceptive clinics each time you attend. The LGBT Foundation also provide free safer sex packs (condoms & lube) to people living in Greater Manchester. To find your nearest distribution point you can email them at men@lgf.org.uk or call 0845 330 3030.

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.

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