We provide free and confidential sexual health, contraception and HIV services in Plymouth.

How our services are affected by Coronavirus (Covid-19)

To protect the public and NHS staff, we are replacing most face to face appointments with telephone calls.

SHiP services at Zone and Cumberland Centre are closed, and all care coordinated from SHiP Derriford.

This does not mean that  The Zone is closed. Please check their website for their operating status.

Please do not come into clinic. Walk-in services are not operating.

A number of staff have been redeployed to Covid-19 wards but some remain here to provide urgent services. Please call 01752 431124 to speak to us.

This situation is creating an increased demand on the phone system, so please do keep trying. We appreciate your patience. 

Please use our free online testing service.

Results: we are working our hardest to get results back to patients within 14 days, but due to the circumstances there are unavoidable delays. Please bear with us as we work through the backlog.  

Implants and coils due to expire: if you are concerned that your contraceptive implant or coil is expiring, there is new expert advice that these devices are safe to stay in place for longer but will not be fully effective – please call us to discuss options with a nurse.

Emergency contraception (the morning after pill) is available at enhanced pharmacy providers across the city including those below (free to women under 25).

Boots Drake Circus, 1 Drakes Circus, PL1 1EA

Boots, 76 New George Street, PL1 1RR

Boots, 59 Mutley Plain, PL4 6JH

Boots, 20 The Broadway, Plymstock, PL9 7AU

Alliance, 51 Mutley Plain, PL4 6JH

Superdrug, 74 New George Street, PL1 1RR

The Pregnancy Advisory Service is is still operating. A nurse or doctor will call you in advance of your appointment in the days before. Please read the information on the link above now, make sure your phone is switched on and you are in a quiet place where you can talk​. Call us on 01752 431129 for new enquires.

If you are a person living with HIV, updates on how coronavirus may affect you are available at the links below. In summary:

1. People with CD4 >200 and undetectable on ART are considered at no greater risk than the general population; follow general advice

2. People with CD4 <200, detectable viral load or not on ART may be at higher risk of severe illness; follow general advice

3. People with a CD4 count <50 or opportunistic illness in last 6 months; follow shielding advice for extremely vulnerable

There is no current threat to antiretroviral supplies in the UK. Please contact us a month before your current prescription is due to run out to arrange a prescription.

Free condoms by post for 16-25 year olds – call 07867 358187 (Mon – Fri, 9am to 5pm) if your usual C-Card site is closed and you need access to free condoms

General information on coronavirus can be found here.

Order a home STI test kit online
If you would prefer to test at home, you can order a free SHiP postal test kit online.
Answer a few questions about yourself and we will send the right test for you.
Results will be sent by SMS. All responses are encrypted and confidential.

Sexual Health in Plymouth is a partnership between University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust,
Plymouth City Council, Livewell Southwest, The Zone and the Eddystone Trust.