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Family Planning & Sexual Health

We provide family planning services, including advice on Long Acting Reversible Contraception and fitting of implants and coils.

Family Planning Clinic

We have a Family Planning Clinic run by a Specialist Family Planning Nurse- Sue Bowden. Please book an appointment with Reception for our once weekly clinics.

Emergency contraception

Emergency Hormonal Contraception (the ‘morning after pill’) can be obtained from our nurses via the Rapid Access Clinic. We can also sometimes fit coils for emergency contraception but this must be arranged by a doctor.

Alternatively, pharmacists can sell Emergency Hormonal Contraception to women of any age.

We advise that you ring the pharmacy before going in to check that the pharmacist is on duty and will be able to supply you with EHC.

Sexual Health Services

Our doctors can provide advice and services regarding sexual health matters including testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Telephone the appointments line or use our online booking service to book an appointment with a GP.

Alternatively, The Garden Clinic in Slough has Branch Clinic Skimped Hill Bracknell provides a range of sexual health services including some walk-in clinics and clinics for under 21s. Visit the the garden clinic website http://www.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/ServiceCatInfo.asp?id=3 for details.

Confidentiality

If you’re 13 to 16 and want contraception, an abortion or tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the doctor, nurse or pharmacist won’t tell your parents (or carer) as long as they believe that you fully understand the information you’re given, and your decisions.

They’ll encourage you to consider telling your parents or carers, but they won’t make you. You have the same rights to confidentiality as an adult (someone who is 16 or over).

Even if the doctor, nurse or pharmacist feels that you’re not mature enough to make a decision yourself, the consultation will still be confidential. They won’t tell anyone that you saw them, or anything about what you said.

The only time a professional might want to tell someone else is if they believe you‘re at risk of harm, such as abuse. The risk would need to be serious, and they would usually discuss this with you first.

The situation is different for people under 13 because the law says that people of this age can’t consent (say yes) to sexual activity. Doctors, nurses and health workers might feel it’s in your best interests to involve other people, such as a social worker, if you’re under 13.

For more information about family planning and contraceptive services visit the NHS website.