Sexual health

Sexual health services in Tower Hamlets are provided through open access ‘one stop shops’ that promote good sexual health and well-being.  The majority of sexual health and contraceptive needs can be met at one site, usually by one health professional, in services with extended opening hours and accessible locations.

From prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and control, the services in place aim to reduce HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), provide a choice of contraception and reduce abortions and teenage pregnancy. They also support people who were victims of sexual abuse and rape.   


Changes to sexual health services

Sexual and reproductive health services in Tower Hamlets are changing to provide better access, extended opening hours and a better patient experience.

A new integrated service is now available at Whitechapel which offers extended opening hours across six days of the week and newly refurbished premises, with excellent transport links, delivered by skilled experience staff. 

Find out where our clinics are located along with our opening times with more on the Bart Health website.

What services are available locally?

Free, confidential and non-judgmental sexual health services are provided in a variety of NHS settings such as our sexual health hubs (see below), GP practices and high street pharmacies. 

Barts Health provides an integrated sexual health service model with two central hubs and a number of satellite clinics. 

Sexual Health Hubs- testing for STIs, treatment and all forms contraception

Sylvia Pankhurst Centre
Mile End Hospital
Bancroft Road E1 4DG

020 7377 7870


Opening hours

• Friday 1.15  – 4.15pm

Ambrose King Centre (AKC)
The Royal London Hospital, Mount Terrace
Whitechapel E1 2BB

020 7377 7306/7307

Opening hours

• Monday 9am – 6.30pm
• Tuesday 9am – 6.30pm
• Wednesday 12 – 6.30pm
• Thursday 9am – 6.30pm
• Friday 9am – 4pm
• Saturday 9am – 12.30


Sexual health and substance misuse services for young people

Compass Safe East, Integrated Young People’s Health & Wellbeing Service (Sexual Health & Substance Misuse)

A new service has been launched for young people in Tower Hamlets to promote health and wellbeing and offer support and advice around sexual health, drugs and alcohol use. Compass and Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be working in partnership to provide education, support and advice, to promote health and wellbeing, and offer testing and where appropriate treatment for sexual ill health and substance misuse.

The service will also work in partnership with schools, families and communities to help build young people’s resilience and life skills. The service is open to young people aged 10-19 years and also to those aged 19-25 years who may be at risk of worse health, including Looked-After Children, children who are leaving care and those with a Special Educational Need or Disability.

Young People services offered by Compass Safe East include:

  • free specialist confidential service for young people affected by issues relating to poor sexual health, substance misuse and emotional wellbeing related to risky behaviours.
  • free walk-in clinics, no appointments necessary (check the times of the walk-in clinics below)
  •  free testing for HIV and STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, hepatitis, herpes, warts and syphilis
  • free condoms and other contraceptives including the pill and the long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) such as implants and coils
  • free emergency contraception including emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) and coils
  • free pregnancy testing
  • free advice to help with decisions around unplanned pregnancy
  • personalised assessment, planning and review
  • therapeutic interventions around drug/ alcohol use related issues through 1-2-1s
  • a named key worker
  • partnership working with other services to support wider needs
  • access to activities/ resources to meet personal goals
  • 1-2-1 meetings held at a location to suit you
  • harm reduction advice and access to further support
  • awareness raising and education for young people
  • sexual health screening, testing and treatment.

Come correct condom distribution scheme (C-card)

Young people can register onto this pan-London scheme to obtain free condoms. Visit any of the easy access points (EAPs) displaying the come correct logo. There are 65 EAPs in the borough.

You're Welcome - Young people friendly services

Services which display the You're Welcome logo have met the criteria for providing young people friendly services and helped to improve accessibility.

If you or someone you know needs help, you can contact Compass Safe East in complete confidence at:

Compass’ Safe East: Integrated Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Service

Phone: 020 3954 0091
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm, Monday-Friday

Out of hours appointments can be accommodated on request.

For further information about the service and contact details please visit Compass-UK

* Please note that all referrals must have the young person’s consent.

Young people can also visit the following locations:






XX Place Health Centre,
Mile End Hospital Site
Bancroft Road E1 4DG
Tel: 020 7167 2828


Drop in
Self referral
Sexual Health Clinic


Eastside Youth Centre
6 Parnell Road
Bow, E3 2RB
Tel: 020 8981 3298


Drop in
Health and Wellbeing


Haileybury Youth Centre (Boys group)
Haileybury Centre
2 Ben Jonson Road,
E1 3FQ


Drop in
Health and Wellbeing


Barkantine Medical Centre
The Barkantine Practice
121 Westferry Road E14 8JH
Tel: 020 7510 4000


Drop in
Self referral
Sexual Health Clinic


Newby Place Health and Wellbeing Centre
21 Newby Place,
E14 0EY
Tel: 020 7515 4701


Drop in
Self referral
Sexual Health Clinic


Barkantine Medical Centre
The Barkantine Practice
121 Westferry Road, E14 8JH
Tel: 020 7510 4000


Drop in
Self referral
Sexual Health Clinic: 

Other specialised services

You need to phone first to make an appointment. If the assault was reported to the police first, then they will organise your visit to the Haven.

Reversal service for female genital cutting (also known as female genital mutilation – FGM)
Tower Hamlets  Contraception and Sexual Health (TH CASH), Mile End Hospital,
Bancroft Road, E1 4DG
020 7377 7870

Positive East
Provides support services for anyone affected by HIV who receives HIV treatment or lives in East London. HIV rapid testing services also offered on the Positive East website.

Want to know more?

To find out more information about sexual health and contraceptive services available from your GP practice or your local pharmacy, please contact them directly.

Useful external links 

NHS Choices, sex and young people
NHS Choices, Sexual health
NHS Choices, clinic finder

Sexwise clinic finder