Sexual health clinics for young people
About the ARC clinics
Our confidential young people’s sexual health service, known as ARC, is offered at both the Jefferiss Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, and also at ARC @ Stowe in Westbourne Green Surgery.
We have a friendly, supportive team. No appointment is needed, you can just walk in. We provide a one-stop comprehensive sexual health service for young people.
These clinics are for under 25s only. If you can’t make it to either of the ARC clinics during their opening hours, you can visit our main sexual health clinic instead, which is open Monday to Friday.
- Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, including chlamydia and HIV
- Pregnancy testing
- Full range of contraception including long-acting contraceptive methods, free condoms and emergency contraception (available to under 25s)
- Advice about safe sex, pregnancy and abortions
ARC @ Jefferiss Wing
ARC @ Jefferiss Wing
15.00 to 17.00, Tuesdays
Phone: 020 3312 6626
ARC @ Stowe
Westbourne Green Surgery
15.00 to 18.00, Wednesdays
Phone: 020 7289 2810 or 020 3312 7583
What to expect at your appointment
Your visit to the ARC clinics will be confidential and we will not share information without your permission. However, if we believe you or others are in serious danger, we may need to speak to others to protect you. We will usually speak to you first if we are going to give information about you.
We will ask you for your name, date of birth, postcode and contact telephone number when you arrive at the clinic.
If you have any health concerns or symptoms, for example an abnormal discharge, then it is important that you let us know so we can plan the most appropriate tests for you.
You should tell us if you’re not happy having an intimate examination. We can talk about other ways of carrying out your tests. For example, you may be able to take a vaginal swab yourself or give a urine sample. You will be offered tests appropriate to your needs (we always recommend testing for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis). Other tests and vaccinations will be added according to your needs.
This service is a self-referral open access service.
For information about services, please contact the sexual health information and protection team (SHIP) on 020 3312 7586.
For advice please contact the young people's team on 020 3312 7583.
Further contact information
Young people's team and sexual health advice line
Phone: 020 3312 7583
Further online resources
- British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
- Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
- NICE guidance on reducing STIs and under 18s conceptions guidance
- Haven Paddington: Sexual assault referral centre at St Mary’s Hospital
- Worth Talking About
- Ask Brook