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.

Following a review of provision we concluded that the current arrangements do not provide sufficient, cost-effective space for the full range of sexual health services provided in the area.

From 31 October 2016 a new integrated service at Whitechapel will offer extended opening hours across six days of the week in newly refurbished premises, with excellent transport links, delivered by skilled, experienced staff.  Find out more

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

Tower Hamlets Contraception and Sexual Health (TH CASH)
Mile End Hospital,
Bancroft Road
E1 4DG

020 7377 7870

Ambrose King Centre (AKC)
The Royal London Hospital
Turner St
E1 1BB

020 7377 7307


Satellite Clinics - testing for STIs and most types of contraception

Grahame Hayton Unit (at Ambrose King Centre)

020 7377 7039

Forward Thinking Partnership @ Step Forward

020 7739 3082

Positive East

020 7791 2855

Young services offered at the hubs include

  • free walk-in clinics, no appointments necessary (check the times of the walk-in clinics on the link above)
  • 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
  • abortion service (TH CASH)
  • psycho-sexual counselling

Young people specific sexual health services (for under 25s) include:

The Forward Thinking Partnership (FTP)

A collaboration between Barts Health and Step Forward, operate a two pier service from two hubs:

Sylvia Pankhurst Centre
Mile End Hospital
Bancroft Road
E1 4DG

Tel: 020 7377 7830

Forward Thinking Partnership @ Step Forward

234 Bethnal Green
E2 0AA

Tel: 020 7739 3082

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.

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