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Sexual health and contraception

Our sexual health and contraception services offer free and confidential emergency contraception, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and information about sexual health. The services are based at the following locations in Sandwell and are open to people of all ages from all areas:

  • Dartmouth Clinic, Sandwell General Hospital, Hallam Street, West Bromwich
  • Lyng Centre for Health and Social Care, Frank Fisher Way, West Bromwich
  • Rowley Regis Hospital, Moor Lane, Rowley Regis
  • Victoria Health Centre, Suffrage Street, Smethwick

Take a look at our website engage for more information on checking your sexual health, contraception and sexually transmitted infections. Your sexual health is just as important as your general health and it is in your own best interest to take it seriously, so if you are concerned why not come in for a check-up?

Team

Sexual health consultants

Dr Tapas Ray (Dartmouth)

Dr Muralidhar Sivaram (Dartmouth)

Dr Susan Whalen (Lyng)

 

Specialist/senior nursing staff

Dany Partridge (Lyng)

Sr Alexandra Louise Young (Dartmouth)

Sr Florence Hussain (Dartmouth)

Sr Jayne Saunders (Dartmouth)

 

Senior dietician

Tracey Grainger (Dartmouth)

 

Lead pharmacist for HIV and genitourinary medicine

Amardeep Singh (Dartmouth)

 

Our team consists of male and female members of staff, so if you wish to see a specific gender staff member, we will try our up most to accommodate you. However, in some instances, you may have to rebook. Our specialist team are also supported by a number of staff nurses, healthcare assistants and reception and admin staff.

Services

The sexual health and contraception service offers:

In addition, the Dartmouth Clinic also offers:

The clinic at the Lyng Centre also offers:

Termination of pregnancy and vasectomy services are open to Sandwell residents and those registered with a Sandwell GP only.

Who should come to one of the clinics?

Anyone who is having sex can get a sexually transmitted infection and should have a check up; it only takes one occasion to pick up an infection. Some sexually transmitted infections do not cause any symptoms until complications begin, so you should be tested even if you do not have any symptoms. We can also help you protect yourself from picking up an infection and unplanned pregnancies by choosing the method of contraception that suits you best.

What happens at the clinic?

When you arrive at the clinic you will be asked to fill in a form. The information you are asked to give on the form is kept confidential and is not passed on to anyone (including your GP) without your permission.

You will then be asked to wait in the waiting area and the doctor or nurse will call you into their clinic room. At the Dartmouth Clinic there are separate waiting areas for males and females and you can ask to see a male or a female doctor. If you are coming to one of the clinics just for condoms or chlamydia testing you may not need to see a doctor or nurse, except at t Dartmouth where you will have to see a doctor or nurse for chlamydia testing)

During your appointment the doctor or nurse will ask you a few questions about your sexual health and medical history and may then offer you some tests. They will also talk to you about suitable types of contraception and any concerns you have.

Before you leave the clinic you will be told when to expect your test results and how; some of the results will be available after 20 minutes if you have symptoms, but others can take one to two weeks. You will also be given the method of contraception you have chosen or advice on where to get it, and any further advice you need.

How do I get an appointment?

You can come to one of our ‘drop-in’ clinics to be seen without having to make an appointment, or you may like to make an appointment to be seen at the Dartmouth Clinic or the Lyng Centre.

If you are coming to the Dartmouth Clinic, please try to be there for the start of the session as spaces may be limited.

Opening times

Dartmouth Clinic, Sandwell General Hospital:

       Morning            Afternoon          Evening
    Monday 8am – 12.30pm 1.30 – 4pm
1.30 – 3.30pm (drop in)
4 – 7.30pm
   Tuesday 8am – 12.30pm 1 – 3.30pm (drop in)
1.30 – 5pm
 
 Wednesday 8am – 12.30pm 1 – 3.30pm (drop in)
1.30 – 5pm
 
  Thursday 8am – 12.30pm 1 – 3.30pm (drop in)
1.30 – 5pm
4 – 7.30pm
    Friday                        8am – 4.30pm  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lyng Centre, Frank Fisher Way, West Bromwich:

            Morning        Afternoon          Evening
   Monday 9.15am – 12pm 1 – 3pm (drop in) 5 – 7pm (drop in)
   Tuesday 9.30 – 11.30am     
10am – 12.30pm (drop in)
1 – 3.30pm  
 Wednesday 9.30 – 11.30am (drop in) 1 – 3pm 4 – 6pm
6 – 8pm (drop in)
  Thursday 9.15am – 12.15pm 1.30 – 3.30pm 4 – 6pm (drop in)
    Friday 9am – 1pm 12 – 2pm (drop in) 5 – 7pm (drop in)
  Saturday 9.30 – 11.30am (drop in)    

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rowley Regis Hospital:
Thursday 6.30 – 8.30pm (drop in)

Victoria Health Centre:
Wednesday 5 – 7pm (drop in)

Patient Stories

Please feel free to share your experiences of this service. Please email your views to swbh.comms@nhs.net

Patient Information

Patient information leaflets
Sandwell Family Planning and Sexual Health services   
The Dartmouth Clinic

Useful websites


You can get more information about sexually transmitted infections and contraception from:

NHS Choices
www.nhs.uk/conditions/sexually-transmitted-infections
www.nhs.uk/livewell/stis
www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception

Family Planning Association (FPA)
www.fpa.org.uk/helpandadvice
FPA sexual health helpline: 0845 122 8690
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm (closed bank holidays and 3pm – 4pm on Thursdays) 

There are also information leaflets about sexually transmitted infections and methods of contraception available in the waiting area of the clinics, so please help yourself.

 

Contacts

Dartmouth Clinic
0121 507 3094

Lyng Centre clinic
0121 612 2323

Rowley Regis Hospital clinic
0121 507 6316
Thursday, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Victoria Health Centre clinic
0121 612 3050
Wednesday, 5pm – 7pm

Pregnancy termination assessment booking (Marie Stopes International)
0845 300 8090 (for Sandwell residents and those registered with a Sandwell GP only)

Vasectomy service
0121 612 2330

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