Sexual Health

Who is the service for?

The Service is free and confidential to everyone. Self-referrals, or referrals from any health care professional are welcome.

What does the service provide?

  • Advice, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • Specialist HIV services
  • Specialist Young Persons clinics and access to a Young Persons Support Worker (at Bury and Rochdale services) 
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Advice around contraception and pregnancy options
  • Direct referral to abortion services
  • General health promotion information, including healthy lifestyle advice
  • Referrals to other services e.g. psychosexual services and counselling
  • Free treatment and free condoms
  • Strict confidentiality

Who will patients meet?

When you attend this service you will first meet the receptionist, who will ask for your name, address, phone number, GP, and a few other details about you, this information will only be used if we need to contact you. After you register at reception you are allocated a unique clinic number to protect your identity and we use this number on the tests we send to the laboratory (we don’t use your name). Our computer system is completely separate from the systems used at your GP or at your local hospital therefore your information can only be accessed from within our service.  

A nurse or doctor, will take a detailed history from you, undertake an examination if appropriate and take specific tests to diagnose any sexually transmitted infection. 

If you require an examination then a Nurse or Healthcare Assistant will also be present in the exam room to act as a chaperone and assist with the tests.

The majority of test results are available within two weeks, you will be advised during your consultation on how you will receive your results. 

Some initial results are available during your visit because we have an on-site laboratory.  Some infections/conditions can be diagnosed during your visit by examination.

If you require treatment the Nurse, Doctor or Health Adviser will give you treatment on the day you are seen, this is always free. 

You may be asked about your sexual partner(s). The Nurse or Health Adviser will help you with this. For some infections it is important to ensure that other people you have had sex with get the treatment they need.    

The Nurse or Doctor can also give advice on contraception and may be able to provide several different methods of contraception during your visit.

Where is the service provided?

Sexual Health Clinic, Outpatients D, North Manchester General Hospital, Delaunays Road, Manchester, M8 5RB. Tel: 0161 918 4263.

For details of sexual health community services in Bury, Rochdale and Oldham - see Virgin Care