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Sexual Health & Contraception

Contraceptive services are provided free of charge by GPs and we are happy to advise on all matters of sexual health including contraception, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, sexual orientation, sexuality and transgender issues. You may also like to consult the excellent national contraception advice website and that of Oxfordshire Sexual health Services.

We can provide advice or refer you for all forms of contraception, in a safe supportive and confidential environment. For students, condoms are available free of charge in common rooms and from the College Nurse. We provide most forms of contraception within the practice but if you prefer to go to elsewhere you can attend the East Oxford Sexual Health clinic or visit the Churchill Hospital.

East Oxford Sexual Health Clinic

Open 10am to 12pm Monday – Friday (closed on Weds)

Tel: 01865 231231

Rectory Centre, Rectory Road, OX4 1BU

(Please note: the Alec Turnbull Clinic, formerly on Between Towns Road, has closed)

Churchill Hospital

Open Monday – Saturday

Tel: 01865 231231

Old Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LE


Emergency contraception:

Emergency contraception advice is available free AND IN CONFIDENCE from the practice. Acting quickly and using emergency contraception after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure will usually prevent a pregnancy. The emergency contraceptive pill is licensed for use within 72 hours after unprotected sex but its effectiveness decreases over time. If it is taken within 24 hours of having unprotected sex, it prevents 95% of pregnancies.

Because it is important to take emergency contraception as soon as possible after sex, you should request an emergency appointment or explain that you need EHC.

The emergency contraceptive pill is also available from:

  • Your GP surgery – King Edward Street surgery (Dr Drury, Dr Kirkaldy, Dr Nicholson and Dr McKenzie-Edwards) between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday,
  • Most pharmacies (chemists)
    • Young women aged under 21 can get EHC free of charge from some Oxfordshire chemists. See for a list of pharmacies.
    • You can also buy emergency contraception over the counter from a chemist if you are over 16 (but it will cost around £25 without a prescription).
  • Out of Hours GP service– 6.30pm to 8am weekdays and 24 hours at weekends.
  • The Sexual Health Clinic – based in the Genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic at the Churchill Hospital and also running an East Oxford Clinic at the Rectory Centre on Rectory Road
    • 01865 231231 – telephone manned 8.30am-6.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4pm Friday.

The emergency contraceptive pill should not be used as a regular method of contraception so it is also important to consider future contraception and tests for sexually transmitted infections (which may also have been passed on through unprotected sex). Tests and future contraception may also be arranged with your GP or Sexual Health Clinic – the GUM clinic doesn’t provide ongoing contraception but has the best facilities for STD testing and contact tracing.

If more than 72 hours has elapsed since the unprotected sex it is still worth going to see a healthcare professional to discuss your options. There is an alternative emergency contraceptive pill which can be prescribed for over-18’s up to 120 hours (5 days) and the copper coil (IUD) may also be inserted up to 120 hours after unprotected sex – this may also be used as ongoing contraception.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Sexual Health screening, as well as advice and treatment, is available from the practice but if you prefer to can go directly to the Sexual Health Clinic at East Oxford or visit the Churchill Hospital. They can be contacted by telephone on 01865 231231.

The UK has seen very high rates of Chlamydia transmission between young people in recent years. In conjunction with the National Chlamydia Screening Programme we are offering 'DIY' Chlamydia screening to all patients aged between 16 and 25. There are packs available for collection from the upstairs waiting room in the surgery. Males should provide a urine sample for the test and females take their own swab. The samples should then be handed into the surgery and we will send them away to the laboratory and the results will be given to the patient directly.

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