There are many different methods of contraception. Your GP will discuss your choices with you to find the type that will work best for you.

Contraception is free for most people in the UK and allows you to choose when and if you want to have a baby. The only way to help protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is to use a condom every time you have sex. Other methods of contraception prevent pregnancy but don't protect against STIs.

External Websites:

Contraception explained - NHS Choices

Videos from NHS Choices

Dr Tina Peers, consultant in contraception and sexual health, explains how teenage girls can find the right type of contraception.


Teenagers say what they think about contraception and pregnancy, and experts describe how becoming pregnant or catching an STI can affect your life and your body. (Video courtesy of Making Sense of Health.)

Sexual Health

Who to See: All Nurses

A range of sexual health services are offered at the surgery including:

  • contraception and contraception advice
  • emergency contraception and emergency contraception advice
  • testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea and genital warts
  • testing for HIV - €“ this is offered to all new patients as part of the Registration process and new Patient Health Check.  It is not compulsory but we recommend patients have the test carried out.

We are also part of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme and offer a free Chlamydia check for anyone under the age of 25 on an annual basis, or have a new sexual partner. This is a simple urine test and we have kits available from reception so that you do not need to see a doctor or nurse if you do not wish to.

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If you need advice and support with a sexual health matter or you think you have a problem you would like to discuss, please call the surgery to make an appointment.

Sexual health services are confidential and freely available for everyone.


Insertion of contraceptive Nexplanon implant and intrauterine devices (coils) and intrauterine systems Mirena. This service is available to patients at both practices and is carried out by Dr Shimona Gayle at Sir John Kirk Close surgery. Please book a routine appointment with Dr Gayle for counselling and concerting for the procedure.

For coil removals please talk to Nurse Sandra Barry who will be happy to arrange for you to be seen for this service.

For more information please visit the websites below:

External Websites:


Family Planning Association: Sexual Health Advice

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Sexual Dysfunction

Sexual Health Topics - NHS Choices

Videos from NHS Choices

You can't tell if someone's got an STI just by looking at them. See real people talk about using condoms. Find out more about STIs.


If you've had unprotected sex you might have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). See how to find out if you have, how it can be treated, and how it can affect your health.

Smoking Cessation

Who to See: Ahmed Faheem, Romauld Kusonika and Nurses

If you're trying to give up smoking, we can help.

Studies show that your chances of success will be greatly improved if you get advice and support from health care professionals to help you stop smoking.

The services we offer from the Practice can:

  • Boost your willpower to stop smoking
  • Concentrate your efforts by getting advice from someone who knows your medical background
  • Help you feel that you'™re not doing it alone
  • Help you to cope when you are tempted to smoke
  • Monitor improvements to your health so that you can see the benefits

If you would like to find out more, please speak to one of our reception staff.  They will take your details and our Health Care Assistants will get in touch to arrange an appointment for you to be seen.  If the clinic times available are not convenient for you then please let our Health Care Assistants know and she will be able to book you an appointment with one of our nurses who are also trained in smoking cessation.  You do not need to see a Doctor before booking an appointment for smoking cessation.


External Websites
For more information about quitting smoking visit:
No Smoking Day  - Information to help you to kick the habit.
Gosmokefree - This website contains detailed information about the free NHS support services.
Smoking Cessation - NHS Choices Site if you smoke, giving up is probably the greatest single step you can take to improve your health.
Quit Org. - Quit is the independent charity whose aim is to save lives by helping smokers to stop.
Smoking Quitters Cost Tool - Calculate the money you will save with NHS Direct quitters cost calculator and plan how to spend it.
ASH - Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is a campaigning public health charity that works to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco.

Videos from NHS Choices

The stop smoking package is an NHS Choices initiative to inform on the health effects of smoking cigarettes. Articles and helpful hints and tips on stopping smoking.



Megan is 16 and a smoker. A make-up artist transforms her appearance to demonstrate the effects that smoking will have on her body. Will the results make Megan rethink her habit?