Sexual Health Service

 

Sexual Health Clinics (Genitourinary Medicine)

The South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust Sexual Health Service is based at the Downe Hospital, Downpatrick, with additional clinics in Bangor and Lisburn. You do not have to be referred by a doctor – we provide free sexual health care and advice for all age groups, including testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and genital conditions. Urgent and non urgent appointments are available, and the service is strictly confidential.

Men should have held off passing urine for at least three hours before seeing the doctor or nurse.

 


How To Access Our Services

Monday–Friday - 9am - 4pm

Appointments: 
Telephone:   (028) 4483 8133

Nurse Advice Line:
Telephone:
  (028) 4483 8392

  • All appointments are made via our Downpatrick site. Our Receptionist will either give you an appointment or arrange for you to speak to a Nurse who will prioritise your case
  • Both of these numbers have a confidential answer machine, so in the event that you do not get an answer, leave your name and telephone number and we will get back to you

Specialist Sexual Health Clinics

Our specialist staff provide clinics in Downpatrick, Bangor and Lisburn. All our clinics provide a mix of routine and emergency appointment slots.  Below is a list of the locations and times:

Downe Hospital, Downpatrick

  • Wednesday morning 9.00am - 12.00pm
  • Wednesday evening 2.00pm - 6.00pm
  • Friday morning 9.00am - 12.00pm

 Bangor Community Hospital, Bangor

  • Tuesday 5.00pm - 7.00pm
  • Friday 9.00am - 1.00pm

Lisburn Health Centre, Linenhall Street, Lisburn

  • Monday 9.00am - 12.00pm
  • Thursday 9.00am - 12.00pm

South Eastern Regional College - Lisburn Campus

  • Youth Health Advice - Monday morning

For more information on the Youth Health Advice Service, please click here


Sexual Health Check-up with your GP or Practice Nurse

We are currently working in partnership with GPs and Practice Nurses in the Southern Eastern Trust locality to provide ‘Sexual Health Check-ups’.

If you live in this area and do not have any symptoms, but would just like a check-up, ask about this service at your local GP. This will involve a blood test for HIV & Syphilis and a urine sample or self-taken swab for Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea.

To view the GP Check-up leaflet please click here

We recognise that attending a Sexual Health Clinic for the first time can be a cause of anxiety or embarrassment for some people. Our experienced and professional staff are committed to making the experience as welcoming as possible. We promise to explain all the tests that we do and why we are doing them, answer your questions, talk through your concerns, provide information and involve you in decisions about your care at all times.

To find out what to expect at the clinic, please click here.

Click here to see the questions you will be asked by the GP or Nurse. You may wish to bring these with you to your appointment.

 


 

Text Service

We use SMS texts to remind you of your next appointment and also to communicate negative results.  It is therefore important that we have a current mobile phone number.
 

 



Our Commitment to You

  • Our friendly and professional staff will treat you with dignity and respect
  • Your welfare and confidentiality are our primary concern. No information about your visit or sexual contacts will be given to any other person without your consent. The only exception to this would be if something indicated that you or someone else continued to be at risk of harm and we will always discuss this with you first
  • Our clinic’s computer system is separate from other healthcare systems. The only medical record of a clinic visit is held on this computer system and only medical, nursing and health adviser staff who work in the clinic will have access to patient records
  • You do not need to be referred by your GP, and we will always ask your permission before we communicate with them
  • We will inform you of your test results, whether negative or positive by your preferred method of communication (text, mobile)
  • If your concern is ‘urgent’ you will be offered the opportunity to speak with a Nurse, who will arrange an appointment at our next available clinic if appropriate
  • Young people under the age of 16 are welcome to attend our clinics
  • You are entitled to ask for a chaperone to be present during an intimate (genital) examination

     

     


Youth Health Advice Service

Youth Health Advice is a service that provides advice for young people on areas including:

  • Sexual Health and Relationships
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Quit Smoking Advice
  • Drugs and Alcohol Information
  • General Advice and Support

For more information on the service, please click here


 

Sexual Health & Reproductive Clinics (Formerly Family Planning Clinics)

If you require information on contraceptive services (Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinics) within your area:
 

 

 

Clinic

 

Address

 

Telephone

 

Clinic Times

 

 

Ballynahinch

 

Ballynahinch Community Services

45-47 Main Street

Ballynahinch

BT24 8DN

 

(028) 9756 5456

 

Monday 5.30pm – 7.30pm

 

Bangor Hospital

 

Castle Street

Bangor

BT20 4TA

 

 

(028) 9145 4186

 

Monday 9.00am -11.30am

Monday 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Tuesday 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Friday  9.00am – 11.30pm

 

 

Downe Hospital

 

2 Struell Wells Road

Downpatrick

BT30 6RL

 

(028) 4461 3311

Tuesday 10.00am – 12.30pm

Thursday 2.00pm – 4.00pm

 

 

Lisburn Health Centre

 

Linenhall Street

Lisburn

BT28 9LU

 

(028) 9260 1992

 

Monday  9.00am – 11.30am

Monday 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Thursday 9.00am -11.30am

 

 

 

 

Newtownards

 

 

GP Out of Hours Premises

Ards Hospital

Church Street

Newtownards

BT23 4AS

 

 

(028) 9181 2661

 

Tuesday 9.00am – 11.30am

 

Stewartstown Road

Health Centre

 

Stewartstown Road

Belfast

BT17 0FB

 

(028) 9060 2705

 

Tuesday 9.00am – 11.30am