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Emergency Contraception
Chlamydia Screening
Contraception
Abortion
HIV
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Contraception and Sexual Health Services (All Ages)


Tameside’s Contraception and Sexual Health Service is the Northern Sexual Health @The Orange rooms, Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SR - 0161 342 7101 
All Contraception and Sexual Health Services are open access which means that people can use any clinics in any area.
 
The Northern Sexual Health, Contraception and HIV Service offers sexual health screening and treatment, and management of sexually transmitted infections including HIV.  If you think you might have an infection, or just want a sexual health check-up, the doctors, nurses and health advisors at Northern clinics in Tameside will be happy to help.  These clinics are free and confidential.
 
If you have any symptoms or are worried about an STI or if you would like to speak to someone for general advice about your sexual health, please telephone the number above and ask to speak to a Health Adviser.
 
You can attend the clinic for testing and treatments of all Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) including HIV, all methods of contraception including implants, coils and emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and all relevant sexual health advice.
 
The clinic has both walk-in and booked appointments but it is best to ring to confirm opening times and availability.
 

Online testing

For Sexual health there is also an online service for people who have no symptoms but would like a sexual health check-up using a kit sent through the post as an alternative to a face-to-face clinic visit. To find out more visit Northern Sexual Health.
  • Kits are available to all ages.
  • You are required to fill in an online form to determine what tests will be within the kit.
  • You return the completed tests in a freepost envelope and results are given within 14 days.
  • Please note that this is an STI screening service and is not meant as a substitute for a face to face visit. People with symptoms or any particular concerns are also encouraged to get in touch with the service for further advice (email: thenorthernISH.Enquiries@cmft.nhs.uk or phone 0161 701 1555)
 

YOUthink

The YOUthink team is Tameside’s sexual health intervention and prevention team –A specialist team which focuses on improving young people’s sexual health.
 
The team is made up of youth workers who offer FREE one to one individual support to young people aged under 25, with regards to their own sexual health and support young people under 25 to access local contraception and sexual health services.
 
The team does not judge young people and are a confidential service, and there to keep young people SAFE. They offer a variety of services including pregnancy testing, condom distribution, R-U-Clear( Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea screening), advice and support.
 
If you want to speak to a member of YOUthink about any sexual health issue, or ask a question about services, you can ring: 0161 342 5600 or 0161 342 5671 or 0161 342 5672 and ask to speak to someone from the YOUthink team.
 
YOUthink Team are available Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm.
 
You can also visit the YOUthink team at 31 Young People’s Centre, Clarence Arcade, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7PT.
 

Emergency Contraception

If you've had sex without using contraception or if your method of contraception has failed, you can use emergency contraception to reduce the chance of becoming pregnant. You must act fast though!
 
Emergency hormonal contraception needs to be taken within 72 hours (up to 3 days) of unprotected sex but the sooner you take it the better the chance of it working.
 
Women of all ages, including young women, can get emergency hormonal contraception, free of charge, from:
  • Tameside’s Contraception and Sexual Health Service Northern Sexual Health, The Orange rooms, Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SR - 0161 342 7101.
  • Selected pharmacies in Tameside.
  • GP practices - contact your own GP.

The second option is to get an IUD fitted. IUDs (coils) can act as emergency contraception if they are fitted within 5 days of unprotected sex. Contact Tameside’s Contraception and Sexual Health Service Northern Sexual Health, The Orange rooms, Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SR - 0161 342 7101.
 

Chlamydia Screening

Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the UK.  Around one in ten young people are thought to have chlamydia. Chlamydia often has no obvious symptoms and most people who have this infection don't know it. If it is left undetected and untreated it can lead to long-term health problems such as infertility.
 
RUClear is the chlamydia screening programme for young people living in Greater Manchester. Doctors recommend that young people should have an annual chlamydia screen and screen more often if they are changing their sexual partners.
 
RUClear  screens are free and painless. You just need to give a sample of urine. Your urine will be tested for chlamydia and another infection called gonorrhoea. These infections can be treated if your test result is positive.
 
You can get screened at local services including:
  • Contraception and Sexual Health Service (All ages) Northern Sexual Health, The Orange rooms, Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SR - 0161 342 7101.
  • You can also get an RUClear screening kit sent to you at home via their website or call 0800 0461 303 and ask for a kit to be sent to you.
 

Contraception

Contraception is used to help prevent an unplanned pregnancy. There are over a dozen methods of contraception to choose from and all of the methods are available from the Tameside’s Contraception and Sexual Health Service Northern Sexual Health, The Orange rooms, Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SR - 0161 342 7101.
 
Most women want to use a method of contraception that is safe, reliable, and does not require too much thinking about. There are four methods that fit this description: contraceptive implants, IUDs (intrauterine devices), IUSs (intrauterine systems), and contraceptive injections. These are long-acting methods of contraception and are available from the following services:
  • Contraception and Sexual Health Service Northern Sexual Health, The Orange rooms, Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SR - 0161 342 7101.
  • Some GP practices - contact your own GP.

Other popular methods include the contraceptive pill and the progestogen-only pill. Young women can get contraception free of charge from
  • GP practices - contact your own GP.
  • Contraception and Sexual Health Service Northern Sexual Health, The Orange rooms, Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SR - 0161 342 7101.
 

Abortion

Deciding to have an abortion can be a difficult decision to make. Talking through the options with a doctor or nurse at a contraception and sexual health clinic can help you to reach your decision.
Tameside’s Contraception and Sexual Health Service is the Northern Sexual Health @The Orange rooms, Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SR - 0161 342 7101. 
 
If you decide to go ahead, call Central Booking Manchester to book a consultation. Central Booking makes appointments for all of the clinics in Greater Manchester. The staff are friendly and understanding and you won’t have to wait long for a consultation – normally less than a week. In most cases you will have two appointments. The first will be a consultation and, if you decide to go ahead, the procedure will take place at the second appointment.
 
The sooner an abortion is done, the easier and safer it will be. In most cases abortions are free on the NHS.
 
Central Booking Manchester
0345 365 0565
Mon - Fri: 8am - 9pm
Sat: 9am - 6.30pm
Sun: 9.30am - 2.30pm
 
Calls are charged at a local rate. The number might appear on your bill.
 

HIV

Why test?
People can live with HIV for years before having any symptoms. The only way to be sure is to have an HIV test.
 
Getting tested for HIV means that, if you are infected with the virus, you can receive treatment and care before the infection causes too much damage to your body and health. Early diagnosis and treatment of HIV is associated with near normal life expectancy.
 
It is really important to get tested regularly for HIV if you are sexually active and when you change sexual partners because HIV often has no symptoms.
 
How can I get an HIV test?
HIV tests are available from a range of services.
  • Sexual Health clinics.

Tameside’s Contraception and Sexual Health Service is the Northern Sexual Health @The Orange rooms, Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SR - 0161 342 7101 
  • Free Postal Testing Kit.

You can order a test kit from the local sexual health service via their website Northern Sexual Health or www.test.hiv/ who are a nationally commissioned HIV home sampling screening service.
  • Your GP surgery.
  • Your local drugs agencies, if you are an injecting drug user.
  • An antenatal clinic, if you are pregnant.
 

Support Services

The Greater Manchester Sexual Health Improvement Service is provided by three organisations that can provide confidential advice and support, these include:
George House Trust provides support for people living with HIV Call 0161 274 4499 or email: talk@ght.org.uk
 
LGBT Foundation, formerly known as The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF), is a national charity delivering a wide range of services to lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. The LGBTF offer some sexual health services including Point of Care testing for HIV.
 
BHA For Equality are Greater Manchester Sexual Health service and provides prevention and support services for anyone at risk of, living with or affected by HIV in Greater Manchester.

GMPaSH – Passionate about Sexual Health across Greater Manchester

GMPaSH – Passionate about Sexual Health across Greater Manchester
GMPaSH – Passionate about Sexual Health across Greater Manchester is a partnership of BHA for Equality, George House trust and LGBT Foundation to deliver STI and HIV prevention and support. The website has lots of information on sexual health, HIV, PREP, contraception, links to services and much more. There is also a link to a low cost condom scheme provided by the NHS Freedoms service.