Accessing sexual health services
August 2022 - Service Update
It is important to note that as we manage and respond to the changing impact of the pandemic, clinic appointments are limited and waiting times will be longer for routine care. Our team are working hard to support you. Patient and staff safety remains our top priority. Clinics are running by pre booked appointment only.
The appointment booking line :- 0300 123 5474, open 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday.
Face to face appointments can be provided 08.00am – 7pm Monday to Friday at St Catherine’s Health Centre.
We have re-introduced limited face to face appointment slots at our Victoria Central Health Centre clinics in Wallasey (Tuesday evening) and at our Eastham clinic (Thursday evening).
Saturday morning clinics at the Gemini Centre , St Catherine's Health centre have recommenced.
ALL sessions above at all venues are by pre-booked appointment only. No walk in provision is available.
Telephone consultations and call-backs are provided from 8.00am - 8pm Mon-Fri. If you have arranged a callback from our service please be aware that you may receive a call up to 8pm (Mon-Fri).
If you are attending an appointment at a clinic venue, please note our waiting areas have been configured to support social distancing. If at peak times we feel waiting rooms are at full capacity , we may ask you to wait in an alternative area until we are ready to see you.
It is important you read our guidance on attending a face to face appointment.
Please always consider if an appointment at clinic is necessary - we provide a range of remote care and self care options. See information below
If you are unsure if you need an appointment, call 0300 123 5474 so we can help direct you to the right support.
If your pill runs out within days, urgent prescription ordering is available using local pharmacy services via NHS 111. See emergency prescription service .
If you already use oral contraception, you can now get your next supply from selected local pharmacies. https://www.sexualhealthwirral.nhs.uk/news/oral-contraception-2022/
If you require a new LARC or a replacement LARC procedure (insertion, replacement or removal of coils or implants) when you call to book you may be placed on a waiting list as we manage high demand. Each case will be assessed individually.
Some Wirral GP's also offer LARC services in partnership with us - see our list here for those who offer LARC to their own patients , and those who will see patients registered with any practice in Wirral GP Services in the Community - Sexual Health Wirral You can book directly with the practice , more information is available on the link.
Even if your GP surgery is not on our website list they may still provide coils and implants to their own patients independently, and waiting times may be shorter. Call your own surgery to enquire.
This is available for free from a range of Wirral pharmacies who supply it from their community premises in partnership with our service. Many are offering telephone consultations and collection. More information can be found at Pharmacy Services.
Free postal STI kits:
Test kits are still available online, the kits are free and available to anybody aged 16 and over living in Wirral * Wirral postcodes CH41 - CH63. Postal test kits are designed for and aimed at people who are not experiencing symptoms of an infection. There are a range of kits to choose from for STI testing. All kits are discreet and easy to use.
STI treatment / medication:
We continue to provide medication and treatment for diagnosed STIs, using virtual and postal platforms where appropriate. If you have received a positive test result for an STI, or have had sexual contact with somebody who has tested positive please contact us on 0300 1235474.
NHS 111 can help if you need urgent medical help or you're not sure what to do. They will ask questions about your symptoms so you get the help you need. If you need to go to A&E, NHS 111 will book an arrival time. This might mean you spend less time in A&E. This also helps with social distancing.
You can get help from 111.nhs.uk or call 111. It's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
These are unprecedented times and we must protect our patients, colleagues, communities, ourselves and each other.
We thank you for your support and understanding.
Our website is accessible 24/7 where you can find platforms to request free NHS STI postal test kits (aged 16 and over an live in Wirral), information on infections and symptoms, signposting and support and a library of E-leaflets providing advice. Our website also has a list of partnership Pharmacies who work with us to offer Emergency Contraption. Pharmacy Services.
We also work with GP surgeries located across Wirral who can offer LARC (long acting reversible contraception / coils and implants) in partnership with our service. You can book LARC appointments directly with the practice GP Services in the Community - Sexual Health Wirral
Follow our Facebook page @SHWirral for the latest updates about our service plans and phased opening of our services.
LINK TEAM - FastTrack access.
If you are supporting somebody with a vulnerability or barrier to accessing our care , or you feel they need a more urgent assessment please contact us on 0300 1235474 and ask to speak to a Link Team member.
Young person clinics at Brook Wirral (Aged 19 and under)
We are currently arranging to see people in our clinic ONLY following a telephone assessment with one of our Brook Wirral team
Face to face appointments will only be allocated following a telephone assessment. This enables us to provide care to those most in need of sexual health or contraception services and reduce the amount of people in the waiting room.
We are currently only operating our clinic from our central location: Brook, 14 Whetstone Lane, Birkenhead CH41 2QR
Telephone assessments are provided during Brook opening hours:
Monday to Thursday 3pm - 6pm
Friday 3pm - 5.30pm
Saturday 1pm - 3.30pm
We advise that you call us on 0151 670- 0177 during these times and where possible as near to us opening as you can so that we can allocate you a face to face visit on the same day if required.
Please do not turn up to clinic unless you have called us in advance and spoken to a clinician. We will be unable to see you as an unplanned walk in patient.
If you call 0151 670 0177 before 3pm or outside of any of the above times, you will reach an answerphone where you can leave a message and one of our team will contact you. If you feel your need is more urgent and you need help sooner please call our Sexual Health Wirral line on 0300 1235474. Phone lines are open 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday.
If we ask you to attend an appointment at our Brook clinic please follow this guidance:
On arrival at the Brook door please call 0151 670 0177 and select option 1. The receptionist on duty will ask you to confirm your name , ask you how you are feeling and check you have a suitable face covering. You will then be invited in to sit in our waiting area. We ask that you attend alone where possible.
Before attending your appointment at Brook:
Firstly make sure you are well enough to attend.
Follow the government issued guidance on staying at home if you have possible coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms:
- new continuous cough
- high temperature
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
You must not attend your appointment if you have any of the above symptoms.