Adults' sexual health

COVID-19 Outbreak. Health and well being services are currently operating a reduced service.

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Sexual health and contraceptive services

Due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL), Sexual Health Services provider for Barnet have made significant changes to Integrated Sexual Health Services. This forms part of the CNWL Trust wide and NHS-wide response to coronavirus, and mirrors changes across Sexual Health services in London and across the country.

Sexual health services are suspended in Barnet at the following clinics:

  • Edgware Community Hospital
  • Vale Drive
  • Grahame Park

During the suspension period of face to face sexual health service in clinics, CNWL will change delivery of the service to a telephone triage system for all patients requesting an appointment.

CNWL website has information about how Barnet residents can access CNWL’s Sexual Health, HIV and Hepatitis services during this period of reduced service delivery. Visit CNWL and Barnet Council will continue to monitor the situation which is changing daily and we will keep this website updated if there are any more changes.


Free online testing for HIV and STIs

Barnet residents aged 16 and over who think they may be at risk of HIV or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can visit the Sexual Health London website to see if they qualify for a free home STI testing kit. Fill in some basic details to assess your eligibility and follow the instructions to receive your kit.

The service provides testing for a range of sexually transmitted infections including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B and hepatitis C via samples you can collect at home.


Long acting reversible contraception

Some GPs in Barnet offer long-acting reversible contraception (LARC), such as implants, injections, intrauterine devices (IUD) and intrauterine systems (IUS). Contact your GP to find out about the contraception they offer.

Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy following unprotected sex, incorrect use of contraception (e.g. a missed pill) or contraceptive failure (e.g. a condom has split). There are two types:

  • The emergency contraceptive pill (often referred to as 'the morning after pill') - Levonelle or ellaOne.
  • The IUD (also referred to as the copper coil)

You can access free emergency contraception at sexual health and contraceptive services, get a prescription for the emergency contraceptive pill from your GP or buy it from a pharmacy.

For more information about the different types of contraception, including emergency contraception, please see the FPA website contraception page

Psychosexual and psychology services

Barnet residents can access psychosexual services as part of CNWL’s specialist services in Camden (at the Mortimer Market Centre) and Islington (at the Archway Centre). You will need to book an appointment to be seen by a health professional who will then assess your eligibility and make an internal referral to the CNWL Psychosexual/ Psychology service, if appropriate. CNWL no longer accept direct referrals into this service.

You can access the CNWL Sexual Problems Assessment and Treatment Services (SPATS) and Sexual Health Psychology services by booking a general sexual health appointment online or calling 020 3317 5252.

Terminating a pregnancy

A termination or abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy. Depending on how many weeks you have been pregnant, the pregnancy is ended either by taking medication or by having a surgical procedure.

If you are considering a termination you can access support via the National Unplanned Pregnancy Advisory Service (NUPAS) in Finchley:

Finchley Pregnancy Advisory Service
Finchley Memorial Hospital
Granville Road N12 0JE
Tel: 0333 044 6666

They provide the following services:

  • Abortion information and consultation
  • Early medical abortion (abortion pill)
  • Free pregnancy testing
  • Full contraception service
  • Free walk-in chlamydia testing for under-25s

For more information about terminating a pregnancy please see the NHS ChoicesFPABritish Pregnancy Advisory Service or Marie Stopes.

National sexual health helpline

If you would like to talk to someone about a sexual health problem call free on 0300 123 7123 from Monday to Friday between 9am and 8pm. All calls are confidential and will be treated sensitively.

Individuals will be referred to services if required and a nurse-led service is available.

Sexual health useful links

The following websites provide further helpful information and advice:

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