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Changes to sexual health

There are proposed improvements to our sexual health services as part of a London wide transformation programme which aims to minimise inefficiencies and ensure these services are better able to meet people’s needs.

The council ran a consultation from the 6 September to 4 October 2016 to understand people’s views about the proposed changes. 

The results of the consultation and equality impact assessment are available below.

Proposed changes and benefits

Proposed changes:

  • To merge the GUM clinic at Whipps Cross with Newham and Tower Hamlets and relocate them in larger, specialist sexual health clinics in Stratford and Whitechapel. These new clinics will be open at evenings and weekends.
  • To provide one local sexual health clinic initially and additional clinics in future, so that we have one in Chingford, Walthamstow and Leyton/Leytonstone.
  • To continue to provide sexual health services from GP practices and community pharmacies.
  • To introduce the ability to order Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) home testing kits online.


  • There’ll be a greater choice of services for residents. This will include online self-testing, contraception from GPs or pharmacists and testing and treatment from community clinics.
  • Specialist sexual health services will be provided from bigger sites with better transport links and longer opening hours. They’ll also be closer to the places where the need for sexual health services is highest.
  • Services will be more affordable for us and therefore more sustainable.

If you’d like more information about the changes, you can read the sexual health consultation document (pdf 123KB).

Consultation report and equality impact assessment

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