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Sexual health

Sexual health and family planning

Sexual health and family planning services includes testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), contraception and termination of pregnancy.

Services are free and provide accurate and confidential advice to all regardless of age, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

Drop-in centres and appointments

There are two main providers offering a combination of drop-in services and appointments.

The Royal Free London offers sexual health/GUM (genito-urinary medicine) and HIV services at:

  • Clare Simpson Clinic (Barnet Hospital and Edgware Community Hospital)
    Tel. 0208 216 4110 (Barnet Hospital)
    Tel. 020 3758 2440 (Edgware Community Hospital)
  • Marlborough Clinic (Royal Free Hospital)
    Tel. 020 7830 2047
  • Ian Charleson Day Centre (Royal Free Hospital, HIV testing and treatment only)
    Tel. 020 7830 2051

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust provides family planning and sexual health services in Barnet at the following venues: 

  • Edgware Community Hospital, Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware HA8 0A8, Tel. 020 8937 7293
  • Vale Drive Health Centre, Vale Drive, Barnet EN5 2ED, Tel. 020 8447 3503
  • Torrington Park, 16 Torrington Park, North Finchley N12 9SS, Tel. 020 8492 6400
  • Grahame Park, The Concourse, Grahame Park Estate NW9 5X, Tel. 020 8511 1500

Advice, testing and treatment can also be sought at GPs, pharmacies and young person's services.

Please note that not all providers offer the full range of sexual health services. It is always best to check in advance what is on off


Contraception is an effective way of preventing unplanned pregancy. There are a number of different types including condoms, pills, and what is known as long-acting reversible contraception, including implants, injections, intrauterine devices (IUD) and intrauterine systems (IUS).

Condoms are also the most effective way of protecting against a number of sexually transmitted infections including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV.

Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy following unprotected sex, incorrect use of contraception (e.g. a missed pill) or contraceptive failure (e.g. a condom has split).

There are two types of emergency contraception:

  • The emergency contraceptive pill (often referred to as 'the morning after pill') - Levonelle or ellaOne.
  • The IUD (also referred to as the copper coil) 

Morning after pill is available for under-19s at the following pharmacies:

  • Brand Russell - 280 East Barnet Road, EN4 8TD
  • Boots the Chemist - 788 High Road, North Finchley, N12 9QR
  • Fairview Pharmacy - 295 Burnt Oak Broadway, HA8 5ED
  • Tesco Pharmacy - Colney Hatch, N12 0SH
  • Boots the Chemist - 1263 - 1275 High Road, Whetstone, N20 9HS
  • Boots the Chemist - 142 High Street, Barnet, EN5 5XP
  • Boots the Chemist - Unit 7, Broadwalk Shopping Centre, Station Road, Edgware, HA8 7BD
  • McParland Chemist - 10 The Concourse, Grahame Park Estate, NW9 5XB
  • Gordon Smith Pharmacy - 176 Long Lane, Finchley, N3 2RA
  • Tesco Pharmacy - 21-29 Ballards Lane, Finchley, N3 1XP
  • Charles Sampson - 800 High Road, North Finchley, N12 9QU

You can also access free emergency contraception at GUM and contraceptive services. Alternatively you can get a prescription for the emergency contraceptive pill from your GP or buy it from a pharmacy.

For more information about the different types of contraception, including emergency contraception, please see the NHS Choices or FPA websites.

Terminating a pregnancy 

A termination or abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy. Depending on how many weeks you have been pregnant, the pregnancy is ended either by taking medication or by having a surgical procedure.

If you are considering a termination you can access support via the National Unplanned Pregnancy Advisory Service (NUPAS) in Finchley:

Finchley Pregnancy Advisory Service
Finchley Memorial Hospital
Granville Road N12 0JE

Tel: 0845 077 2250
Fax: 0845 659 0666
Email: info@nupas.co.uk
Website: www.nupas.co.uk

They provide the following services:

  • Abortion information and consultation
  • Early medical abortion (abortion pill)
  • Free pregnancy testing
  • Full contraception service
  • Free walk-in chlamydia testing for under-25s

You can also seek advice from your GP, a GUM service or a family planning clinic.

For more information about terminating a pregnancy please see the NHS Choices, FPA, British Pregnancy Advisory Service or Marie Stopes websites.

Free HIV tests

Barnet residents who think they may be at risk can visit https://www.test.hiv/ to see if they qualify for a free self-sampling HIV postal test kit. Fill in some basic details to assess your eligibility and follow the instructions to receive your kit.

Barnet Council is supporting the  Do It London campaign to encourage HIV testing and safer sex amongst residents across London. 

National sexual health helpline

If you would like to talk to someone about a sexual health problem call free on 0300 123 7123 from Monday to Friday between 9am and 8pm. All calls are confidential and will be treated sensitively.

Individuals will be referred to services if required and a nurse-led service is available.

Sexual health useful links

The following websites provide further helpful information and advice:

Barnet sexual health needs assessment and services review

Barnet's sexual health needs assessment and services review is now available to read.


Contact us

Email: sexualhealth@harrow.gov.uk (Barnet residents can use this email address because Barnet Council and Harrow Council share a public health service)

Useful documents

A review of the sexual health services in Barnet has been carried out and you can read the findings here.

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