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Young people aged 13 and older can get free, confidential sexual health support and treatment at clinics and drop ins across Edinburgh, East, West and Mid Lothian.

Find out more by choosing from the 4 areas below.

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    Service

      HR+ young people’s clinic – Chalmers Sexual Health Centre

      Services available:

      • Abortion
      • Contraception
      • Emergency contraception
      • Free condoms
      • Pregnancy testing
      • PrEP
      • Someone to talk to about your sexual health
      • STI testing and treatment

      • About this service

        Young people aged 13 – 18 from any part of Lothian (Edinburgh, East, West or Midlothian), can come to the HR+ young peoples’ sexual health clinic.

        The service is a drop-in service and is open:

        • Monday to Thursdays 3:30pm to 7pm
        • Fridays 1pm – 3:30pm

         

        Get more information about this service

      • Location information

        Chalmers Sexual Health Centre
        2a Chalmers Street
        Edinburgh
        EH3 9ES

      • How to access or contact

        There are no appointments, just come during the drop-in times.

        • Monday to Thursdays 3:30pm to 7pm
        • Fridays 1pm – 3:30pm

      HR+ young people’s clinic – Croft Street, Dalkeith

      Services available:

      • Contraception
      • Emergency contraception
      • Free condoms
      • Pregnancy testing
      • Someone to talk to about your sexual health
      • STI testing and treatment

      • About this service

        An HR+ young people’s sexual health clinic is available in Croft Street, Dalkeith.

        The clinic is open to young people aged 13 – 18.

        Clinics are open on:

        • Tuesdays, 4pm – 7pm
        • Fridays, 1pm – 4pm

         

        Please note this clinic is accessed via a set of stairs.

      • Location information

        18 Croft Street
        Dalkeith
        EH22 3BA
        (Opposite Morrisons)

      • How to access or contact

        To get an appointment you can either:

        • drop in during the clinic and be given the next available appointment, or
        • phone 0131 536 1070 to book an appointment (phone lines are open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm).

      HR+ young people’s clinic – Howden

      Services available:

      • Contraception
      • Emergency contraception
      • Free condoms
      • Pregnancy testing
      • Someone to talk to about your sexual health
      • STI testing and treatment

      • About this service

        There is a young people’s sexual health clinic at Howden Health Centre on Fridays, 1pm to 3.30pm.

      • Location information

        Howden Health Centre
        St John’s Hospital
        Howden Road West
        Howden
        Livingston
        EH54 6PP

      • How to access or contact

        To get an appointment you can either:

        • drop in during the clinic and be given the next available appointment, or
        • phone 0131 536 1070 to book an appointment (phone lines are open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm).

      HR+ young people’s clinic – Pennywell

      Services available:

      • Contraception
      • Emergency contraception
      • Free condoms
      • Pregnancy testing
      • Someone to talk to about your sexual health
      • STI testing and treatment

      • About this service

        An HR+ young people’s sexual health clinic is available in Pennywell All Care Centre, Edinburgh.

        The clinic is open to young people aged 13 – 18.

        Clinics are open on:

        • Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
      • Location information

        Pennywell All Care Centre
        1D Pennywell Gardens
        Edinburgh
        EH4 4UA

      • How to access or contact

        To get an appointment you can either:

        • drop in during the clinic and be given the next available appointment, or
        • phone 0131 536 1070 to book an appointment (phone lines are open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm).

      HR+ young people’s clinic – Tranent

      Services available:

      • Contraception
      • Emergency contraception
      • Free condoms
      • Pregnancy testing
      • Someone to talk to about your sexual health
      • STI testing and treatment

      • About this service

        An HR+ young people’s sexual health clinic is available in Tranent Medical Practice.

        The drop-in is open on Tuesdays, 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

        If you cannot come to the drop-in during this time, you can phone for an appointment.

      • Location information

        Tranent Medical Practice
        Loch Road
        Tranent
        EH33 2JX

      • How to access or contact

        To get an appointment you can either:

        • drop in during the clinic and be given the next available appointment, or
        • phone 0131 536 1070 to book an appointment (phone lines are open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 3:30pm).

      Sexual health clinic – Whitburn

      Services available:

      • Contraception
      • Emergency contraception
      • Free condoms
      • Pregnancy testing
      • Someone to talk to about your sexual health
      • STI testing and treatment

      • About this service

        Whitburn Health Centre runs a sexual health clinic on Wednesdays mornings and afternoons.

         

      • Location information

        Whitburn Health Centre
        1 Weavers Lane
        Whitburn
        EH47 0SD

      • How to access or contact

        Appointments only on Wednesdays mornings and afternoons . Call 01315361070 to book an appointment.

      Choices – NHS Lothian’s abortion service

      Services available:

      • Abortion
      • Someone to talk to about your sexual health

      • About this service

        NHS Lothian’s abortion service is called Choices.

        If you live in Lothian, have had a positive pregnancy test, and you do not know if you want to continue with the pregnancy, you can talk to someone at Choices. Choices offer confidential, sensitive information about your options. If you choose to have an abortion, Choices will provide the medical care and support you need.

        You can self-refer to choices, or you can be referred by your GP or local sexual health service.

      • Location information

        You will have your first appointment at the Chalmers Centre, or St John’s Hospital if you live in West Lothian.

      • How to access or contact

        There are 3 ways to be referred to Choices:

        1. Self-refer by phoning 0131 536 1070 and selecting relevant option between 9:00am and 3:00pm, Monday to Friday
        2. Contact your GP to arrange a referral
        3. Go to a sexual health clinic, including the young people’s drop-in service at Healthy Respect+, and the workers there will refer you to Choices

         

      School based Healthy Respect Drop-ins

      Services available:

      • Free condoms
      • Pregnancy testing
      • School based Healthy Respect drop-in
      • Someone to talk to about your sexual health

      • About this service

        Everyone young person has the right to free confidential sexual health information and access to services.

        Some schools offer Healthy Respect sexual health drop-ins.  These are safe spaces where you can talk to a youthworker or a nurse about mental health, relationships and sexual health.

        If your school does not have a Healthy Respect sexual health drop-in , you ask for help from your school nurse. Every school has a visiting NHS school nurse who offers confidential support. Find out more about confidentiality.

        See below for a list of schools who currently have a drop-in.

      • Location information

        Schools that offer Healthy Respect services:

        • Boroughmuir High School
        • Castlebrae Community High School
        • Dunbar Grammar
        • Drummond High School
        • Firrhill High School
        • Forrester High School
        • Inveralmond Community High School
        • James Gillespie’s High School
        • Lasswade High School
        • Liberton High School
        • North Berwick High School
        • Preston Lodge High School
        • Queensferry High School
        • Ross High School
        • Royal High School
        • Trinity Academy
        • West Calder High School
      • How to access or contact

        School based drop-ins are only open to young people that go to that school.

        Look out for posters or signs in  school telling you about when the drop-in is open.

        You can ask your NHS school nurse, youth worker or teacher for more information.

      Musselburgh Connect

      Services available:

      • Free condoms
      • Pregnancy testing
      • Someone to talk to about your sexual health

      • About this service

        Musselburgh Connect host a weekly Healthy Respect drop-in service. The drop-in is run by NHS school nurses.

        The drop-in is for young people aged 13 to 18.

      • Location information

        The Gate House, Musselburgh (opposite entrance to Musselburgh Grammar School)

         

      • How to access or contact

        Drop-in open Fridays 12-2pm, school term-time only

      Healthy Respect drop-ins within the community

      Services available:

      • Free condoms
      • Healthy Respect drop-in within your community
      • Pregnancy testing
      • Someone to talk to about your sexual health

      • About this service

        We work with local young people’s organisations to make sure we provide sexual and emotional wellbeing services as close to your area as we can.

        See below for a list of organisations who have a Healthy Respect drop-in their building.

      • Location information

        Everyone young person has the right to free confidential sexual health information and access to services.

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      Services available:

      • Free condoms

      Pharmacies

      Services available:

      • Emergency contraception

      • About this service

        Most pharmacies can give you free emergency contraception, including if you are under 16.

        If you think you need emergency contraception, speak to someone as soon as you can.

      • Location information

        There are pharmacies all across Lothian. To find your nearest pharmacy you can try:

      • How to access or contact

        Visit the pharmacy during its opening hours.

      Your GP (doctor)

      Services available:

      • Contraception
      • Emergency contraception
      • Free condoms
      • Someone to talk to about your sexual health
      • STI testing and treatment

      • About this service

        Your GP (doctor) can help you with some of your sexual health care. Some examples of things you might be able to get from your GP are:

        • contraception
        • emergency contraception
        • sexual health advice and information
        • referral to Choices, NHS Lothian’s abortion service
        • free condoms
        • STI testing

        Not all GPs offer all of these services. You can check when you phone for an appointment.

        The sexual health care you get from a GP is confidential, just the same as it is if you come to a sexual health clinic.

         

      • How to access or contact

        You can speak to your GP by making an appointment by phone or some GP practices let you book appointments online.

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