What is ‘sexual health’?
‘Sexual health’ is a term that is most often used in relation to the prevention of sexually transmitted infections like HIV. However, good sexual health is also about many other things. For example, sexual health also refers to:
- reducing the risk of unintended pregnancy
- having the choice whether or not to have sex
- being able to express your sexuality, without fear of exploitation, oppression, physical or emotional harm
- having access to high quality sexual health treatment that is offered in a non judgemental, confidential manner
Sex is an important part of people’s lives and relationships. Therefore, it’s important that everyone is able to talk about sex and seek advice or help if they have any concerns.
How to get help
From time to time, people may have questions or problems regarding sexual health and want to know where they can get a checkup or find out more.
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You can talk to your GP or practice nurse about general sexual health concerns and contraception.
In addition, some GP practices offer fitting and removal of IUCDs (“coils”) and Nexplanon (“implants”). The practices offering these services and chlamydia screening are listed below.
|Binfield practice||Chlamydia screening, IUCD (coil) and Nexplanon (implant)|
|Forest End/Balfron||Chlamydia screening, IUCD (coil) and Nexplanon (implant)|
|Boundary House surgery||Chlamydia screening and IUCD (coil)|
|Crownwood medical centre||Chlamydia screening|
|Easthampstead surgery||Chlamydia screening and IUCD (coil)|
|Evergreen surgery||Chlamydia screening, IUCD (coil) and Nexplanon (implant)|
|Gainsborough practice||Chlamydia screening, IUCD (coil) and Nexplanon (implant)|
|Great Hollands practice||Chlamydia screening, IUCD (coil) and Nexplanon (implant)|
|Green Meadow surgery||Chlamydia screening, IUCD (coil) removal|
|Heath Hill practice||Chlamydia screening, IUCD (coil) and Nexplanon (implant)|
|Ringmead medical practices||Chlamydia screening, IUCD (coil) and Nexplanon (implant)|
|Sandhurst group practices||Chlamydia screening, IUCD (coil) and Nexplanon (implant)|
|Waterfield practices||Chlamydia screening, IUCD (coil) and Nexplanon (implant)|
Young People’s Sexual Health Advice and Guidance team
The Young People’s Sexual Health Advice and Guidance team, based in Bracknell Forest council, deliver a confidential service for young people in schools, Bracknell and Wokingham college and within the community. The highly qualified staff also deliver extensive Sex and Relationship Education programmes (SRE) within PHSE for Year 9 – Year 13.
The service offered includes distribution of condoms, pregnancy testing, contraception through a GP and Chlamydia testing. There is also support for relationships as well as support for teenage parents. The service is for young people aged 14 to 19 years.
The team provide sexual health clinics over school lunch times at the following schools:
- Brakenhale School
- Easthampstead Park School
- Edgbarrow School
- Garth Hill College
- Sandhurst School
At Bracknell and Wokingham College:
- Tuesday - 10.30am to 1pm
- Friday - 10.30am to 1pm
The team provide community sexual health clinics as follows:
- Tuesday - 2.30pm to 4pm at Coopers Hill Youth and Community Centre (room 6)
- Wednesday - 2.30pm to 4pm at The Spot, Sandhurst
Specialist sexual health services
The Garden Clinic in Bracknell Forest and Slough
Staff in the clinic can offer advice and information on all methods of contraception, emergency contraception ("the morning after pill"), sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and counselling and referral around unwanted pregnancy. You can also pick up condoms during clinic hours.
The Garden Clinic, Skimped Hill Health Centre, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell
Tel: 01344 458118
|Day||Opening times||Day notes|
|Monday||11am to 7pm||Appointments only.|
|Thursday||10am to 2pm 3.30pm to 5.30pm||Please note: 10am to 2pm is appointments only. The 3.30pm to 5.30pm SpeakEasy clinic is for those aged 18 and under. Appointments are not necessary for this clinic, you can just walk in.|
The Garden Clinic, Upton Hospital, Slough
Tel: 01753 635302
The Garden Clinic in Slough offers sexual health walk in clinics. No appointment is needed, but you may have to wait sometimes to be seen by a doctor or nurse. You need to allow up to 2 hours for your visit.
|Day||Opening times||Day notes|
|Monday||Midday to 2.30pm 5pm to 7 pm||Midday to 2.30pm walk in, no appointment needed. 5pm to 7pm pre booked appointments only.|
|Tuesday||8.30am to 4pm|
|Wednesday||8.30am to 11.30am 3.30pm to 5.30pm||The 8.30am to 11.30am is general clinic. The 3.30pm is SpeakEasy Clinic for those aged 18 and under.|
|Thursday||8.30am to 4pm||The 8.30am to 11.30am is a walk in clinic. 1pm to 4pm is for booked appointments.|
|Friday||8.30am to 3.30pm|
For the daily walk-in clinics in Slough there is a system which enables you to Text 07786 201805 to find out the next available slot.
Please see Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for more information.
The Florey Unit
The Florey Unit, 21a Craven Rd, Reading RG1 5LE
Tel: 0118 322 7202
The Florey Unit offers sexual health walk in clinics from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday. The clinic is closed on Thursdays between 8am and 9am, and on bank and public holidays.
Please see Royal Berkshire Sexual Health services for more information.