If clinics are closed and the problem is so serious that you cannot wait until the next Sexual Health Clinic opens - for example if you think you have been exposed to HIV in the last few hours, you have been sexually assaulted, or you are HIV positive and feel seriously unwell - you should contact NHS 24 Tel: 08454 24 24 24 or the nearest accident and emergency department.
Staff at NHS 24 and A&E departments can deal with urgent problems and can contact members of our team for advice if required.
If you need advice about emergency contraception (EC) you should phone NHS 24, or visit the NHS inform website. Most pharmacies in Lothian will supply it free of charge to anyone aged 13 and over who is registered with a GP in Scotland. The sooner you take it the more effective it is - so don't delay. You can contact your nearest sexual health clinic for further advice as soon as the next one is open.
- Emergency contraception is used soon after unprotected sex or if you think your regular method has let you down. It does not cause abortion - it simply prevents pregnancy happening.
Visit the Emergency Contraception page for more information.
Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Lothian
Whatever your age, sexuality or cultural background there are a range of services available to you in the Lothians which can provide the full range of contraceptive methods, emergency contraception, STI advice, testing and treatment, HIV testing, pregnancy advice and referral for termination of pregnancy.
Some also offer specialist services such as smear tests, colposcopy clinics, community gynaecology clinics, menopause and premenstrual syndrome clinics, sexual problems clinics. Others offer specialist advice and care for, men who have sex with men, anyone at high risk of STI or blood borne viruses and HIV, those who need PEPSE and those who have HIV.
To find the service that best suits your needs you can check out what we do and what happens to me at the clinic or, if you have symptoms, try the Situation Sorter .To find out where we are, how to get to us and when we are open go to how to find us.
If you are under 20 there are services specially designed for you. Full details can be found Healthy Respect website. Also take a look at our young people section.