Good sexual health is important for everyone throughout their life.
If you wish to seek advice on contraception and family planning, there are a number of local clinics in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust area you can contact.
Practising safer sex will not only help reduce the risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI) but will also reduce the risk of an unplanned pregnancy.
Sexually transmitted infections
The Northern Trust Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) Clinic provides testing for sexually transmitted infections, sexual health advice, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, Hepatitis A and B vaccinations for at risk individuals and HIV counselling and testing. The clinic provides support and information for victims of sexual assault.
Accessing the service
Genito-Urinary Medicine is a confidential service, which offers tests for all sexually transmitted infections. The clinic is located at Causeway Hospital, Outpatients Department 2 and is a walk in service. Registration is every Tuesday at 5.00pm and Friday at 1.30pm. Everyone is issued with a confidential clinic number and can access results after 14 days.
Male patients should not pass urine for two hours and females for one hour before coming to the clinic. Due to demand for the service you may be offered an alternative slot, usually within 48 hours, if the clinic is full.
Young people are welcome to attend and it is not necessary to be accompanied by an adult or parent, but this can be helpful if you are under 16 years old.
There is no need for a GP referral.
Genito-Urinary Medicine Clinic
Outpatients Department 2
4 Newbridge Road
Tel: 028 7034 6028
Other GUM clinics in Northern Ireland:
Altnagelvin Hospital Londonderry
Tel: 028 7161 1269
Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
Tel: 028 9063 4050/4054
John Mitchell Place Newry or Portadown Health Centre
Tel: 028 3083 4215
Altnagelvin Hospital Londonderry Tel: 028 7161 1269
Daisy Hill Hospital Newry Tel: 028 3083 5050
Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast Tel: 028 9063 4050/4054
If you require general information on sexual health contact the Trust's Sexual Health Promotion Officer on 028 2563 5575.
Brook provide sexual health services to people under 25 and offer condoms, contraception, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, chlamydia testing and someone to talk to.
They are open on Monday, 2.30pm–5pm and Thurs 2.30pm-5pm in Coleraine. No appointments necessary.
20B Abbey Street
Tel: 028 7034 2178
Page last updated:03 May 2013