Sexual health services

Our aim is to improve sexual health and wellbeing, and reduce sexual ill-health among people living in Ayrshire and Arran. We are working with local authorities, voluntary organisations and other statutory organisations to promote wellbeing in sexual health and deliver excellence in the services we provide.

Sexual health and wellbeing affect everyone, no matter their sexual preferences, gender, age or attitude. Good sexual health is not just about the absence of disease or unintended pregnancy; it's about the whole person, how they feel about themselves, their actions and how they respond to the actions of others.

Sexual health is the freedom to express and enjoy the sexual activity of your choice without suffering or causing physical, mental or emotional harm to yourself or anyone else.

We continually work to develop sexual health services. We have:

  • developed holistic, school-based drop-ins for young people. This service includes sexual health information, chlamydia testing and Ccard sign up;
  • opened a new centre for the sexual and reproductive health service. This has improved access to services and enhanced the range of clinics available - for example, by providing long acting reversible contraception;
  • provided greater access to contraception and emergency contraception;
  • supported development for parents and carers;
  • increased skills among staff involved with sexual health;
  • introduced the free condom Ccard service enabling people to get free condoms with a degree of anonymity, while promoting the practice of safer sex;
  • introduced a gay men's outreach worker to help gay and bisexual men to develop the knowledge and social skills they need to enable them to make healthy choices about their lifestyle. The outreach worker also maintains the Ayrshire Sexuality Support Network.

If you are worried about your sexual health, or think that you have an infection, call 01294 323228.

Out-of-hours, when our clinics are closed, post exposure prophylaxis starter packs are available from all Emergency Departments:

University Hospital Crosshouse 01563 521133
University Hospital Ayr 01292 61055
Arran War Memorial Hospital, Lamlash 01770 600777
Lady Margaret Hospital, Millport 01475 530307
Girvan Community Hospital 01465 712571

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Contact details

The Gatehouse
Ayrshire Central Hospital
Kilwinning Road
Irvine, KA12 8SS

01294 323228