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How to Find Us and Opening Hours

This section tells you where and when you can access the sexual and reproductive health services that you need. It lists the names of the services that are offered by NHS Lothian and gives you the place, the opening times and contact details.

Chalmers Sexual Health Centre

2A Chalmers Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9ES
0131 536 1070

Buses 23, 27 , 35, 45, 47 and N27 all come past the door of Chalmers.

You can find details of bus services, routes and timetable here:
www.lothianbuses.co.uk

What services do we offer?

There are morning, afternoon and evening clinics throughout the week where we provide all methods of contraception, emergency contraception, STI advice, testing and treatment, HIV testing, HIV care, PEP, pregnancy advice, referral for termination of pregnancy, smear tests and a range of specialist clinics. Specialist clinics include, sexual assault, gynaecology, colposcopy, menopause, premenstrual syndrome and complex contraception.
We have services specifically for men- who- have- sex –with- men. Find out more about what we offer in our clinics.

HOW DO I ARRANGE TO BE SEEN?

Walk -in (no appointment needed)
If you have symptoms or you feel that the problem is urgent and can't wait, you may come to our walk-in clinic. Our walk-in clinic is open 8.30am-10.00am Monday - Friday (this is a very busy clinic that rapidly gets full. Later arrivals are interviewed by one of our nurses who will add urgent cases to the day's list. Patients with less significant problems may be asked to try again on another day). Please click here to view a video of what happens at the walk-in clinic

When you arrive at the clinic you will require to take a numbered card at the entrance to the clinic. You will then be seen by a nurse who will assess your needs and if you require an appointment that day. Once you have your appointment time you do not need to wait in the clinic reception area, as it may be several hours until your appointment time. You should aim to return 10 minutes before your appointment time. If an appointment is not required you will be advised by the nurse of your next steps.

If you come from outside the UK, the leaflet SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICE Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) clinic explains what services are available.

What if I prefer to make an appointment?

We offer a wide variety of opening times with appointments available in the afternoons and evenings.

Patients can phone 0131 536 1070 for an appointment which are released each Wednesday after 2pm for appointment in three weeks time.

As a minimum, phone lines are open as follows:

Medical Line
Monday to Friday -  9am - 4pm

Appointment Line
Monday to Thursday - 9am - 4.30pm
Friday - 9am - 4pm

You do not need to be referred by a GP.

These lines can get extremely busy first thing in the morning and over lunchtimes and would ask that you bear with us at these times.

CAN I PHONE FOR ADVICE?

If you need advice about a problem you can phone us on 0131 536 1070 and select 'option 3 - Medical Advice'. You will speak to a nurse who will either give you the advice you need, or make an appointment for you at the most appropriate clinic. If you have an urgent problem we will see you the same day. You will be told when to come to the clinic and will then have to wait to be seen.

YOUNG PEOPLE

From April 2014 there will be a new young person friendly drop-in at Chalmers Centre every afternoon. Details of this clinic will be available here very shortly.

In the meantime:

Are you Under 16?

Drop-in clinic times
- Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 7pm and Friday 8.30 - 3.30pm
- Young People (only) drop-in - Friday 1-3pm

Appointments
Monday between 1pm and 3.30pm
Monday between 5pm and 7pm
Friday between 1pm and 3pm

Call 0131 536 1070 for an appointment and request a 'young person's priority appointment' when you call. These appointments are available one week in advance. We will make sure you are looked after and seen quickly by someone who can help you. Find out more about what happens to you at our clinics.

Are you 16, 17 or 18 years old?


Drop-in clinic times
- Monday to Friday 8.30am - 10am
- Young People (only) drop-in - Friday 1-3pm

Appointments
Monday between 1pm and 3.30pm
Monday between 5pm and 7pm
Friday between 1pm and 3pm
 
Call 0131 536 1070 for an appointment and request a 'young person's priority appointment' when you call. These appointments are available one week in advance.

No talk test
If you are over 18 years of age and you want a routine STI screen, you might want our' no talk test' option available 8.30 to 10 am Monday - Friday

What to expect?
Our service is private and confidential. Unless you or someone else is at risk of harm we will not discuss what you tell us with anyone.

Specialist clinics 

For information on Specialist Clinics and other Organisations, please have a look at the Address Book at the top of the page.