Contraceptive Services

Contraceptive Clinics provide high quality free help and advice about family planning options and reproductive health.

Clinics provide an alternative to GP or hospital-based clinics and should be easily accessible and cost effective. Family planning and sexual health services are provided free and most important, in strictest confidence.The service aims to develop in line with the changing needs of public and health and wellbeing.  Information on this service is available in a range of languages.

Services include the following:

  • Family planning and related sexual health advice, information and services
  • Contraception – free counseling, assessment and dispensing of the full range of methods. Some locations will provide more specialist services such as coil and implant insertion. Health care professionals can refer to these service or clients can self-refer
  • Cervical screening/smear test
  • Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Advice on all aspects of sexual and reproductive health, investigations/onward referrals/links to GP, GUM/Sexual Health Clinic Service clinics and secondary care as appropriate
  • Health promotion and education

What to expect

When you attend a clinic, the first person you will meet will be the receptionist who will take details such as your name, address and date of birth. You will then be asked to wait in a waiting area.

The next person you meet will be a doctor or a nurse who will ask you about your medical history, your family history and your sexual history. This is necessary to ensure that you have the right tests and the right treatments.

Often contraceptive treatments are given at your first visit and any tests required are carried out. Test results are usually returned within a week. Any treatments required or further tests needed will be discussed with you in confidence.

Arrangements for follow up and next appointments can be made before you leave the clinic.

Booking an appointment

The Service runs 21 clinics a week in nine towns across the Northern Trust area including Glengormley, Whiteabbey, Carrickfergus and Larne.  Family planning and sexual health services are provided free and most important, in strictest confidence.  The service is busy, seeing around 8,500 people each year, offering family planning advice and providing the full range of contraceptive options. Smear testing and testing for some sexually transmitted diseases are also available. If required, the service can refer patients to the GUM Clinic based at Causeway Hospital.

Clinic times may be subject to change in exceptional circumstances.  Please check Contraceptive Services leaflet  for full details on clinic locations and opening times.

The clinics work on an appointment system however if you require emergency contraception you will be seen without an appointment.  Please contact the central telephone number, regardless of where you live on 028 2826 6163 between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

In addition to these we also have new Contraception/STI Integrated Clinics.  These are new clinics allowing for both access to contraception and STI testing under one appointment.  This service also includes coil fitting.  Again this is a confidential service and does not use your Health & Care number.

Braid Valley Hospital, Ballymena: Ground Floor South
Nurse Led Clinics, appointment only

Thursday 9.30am to 4.00pm

Mid-Ulster Hospital, Magherafelt: First Floor
Nurse Led Clinics, appointment only
Wednesday 9.30am to 11.30am

Types of Contraception
There are many types of contraception available and the type you choose will depend on what suits you best.  You will be able to discuss this with a clinician at our clinics and also you can access information through FPA (Family Planning Association).

Go to Adults Sexual Health section
Go to Young People's Sexual Health section

Related links
DHSSPS directory of help for people affected by sexual violence or abuse
The Rowan - Sexual Assault Referral Centre
GUM/Sexual Health Clinic Service

Page last updated:13 September 2018