Sexual Health Service (GUM) - Stockport

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Our hospital and Stockport community services provide a combined sexual health service, called Stockport Sexual Health Services. We provide contraception and sexual health services in a confidential, non-judgmental way to meet the needs of the individual. Our clinics offer a friendly and confidential environment providing treatment and advice for all issues relating to sexual health.

Our Sexual Health & HIV Service (GUM) is now part of the community contraceptive and sexual health team (CASH) in the CHOICES centre located in Stockport town centre.

This ‘one-stop’ service will diagnose and treat all sexually transmitted infections, offer advice and provision of the full range of contraceptive methods, and provide more appointments as well as walk-in services with longer opening hours.

About Our Service

The service is linked to South Manchester University Hospital and the satellite HIV clinic is linked with North Manchester General Hospital. The service provides both doctor and nurse led sessions on a daily basis. Our aim is to provide an efficient sexual health service which is confidential, non-judgemental and appropriate to the client as an individual. Sexual health is important for everybody. Practicing safer sex and using condoms may protect you from sexually transmitted infections.

Our Expertise

We will ensure that your visit to the clinic is as quick and as comfortable as possible. Should any delays occur during your visit an explanation will be given. It is expected that most new patients attending will spend approximately 1.5 hours in clinic. Preliminary results of some investigations may be available before you leave the department, depending on the reason for your attendance.

How To Use The Service

We provide for the common sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, treatment for genital herpes and genital warts, treatment for other genital infections such as thrush, advice on sexual health, testing for HIV and hepatitis B (if indicated), vaccination for hepatitis B (if indicated) as well as specialist treatment for those who are HIV positive.

All treatments provided by the service are free of charge and dispensed on site. Occasionally, if items are out of stock you will be given a prescription to attend the hospital pharmacy (free of charge).

All details of your attendance, condition and treatment are held in strictest confidence. Nobody will be informed of your clinic visit without your permission. If you are attending with a referral letter you can expect a reply to be sent back unless you indicate otherwise. All specimens leaving the clinic are identified by your unique clinic number and date of birth only. Your records are kept in the department separate from general hospital records.

If a member of staff sees you outside the clinic they will not acknowledge you unless you acknowledge them. Only in exceptional circumstances will confidentiality be broken. If this is applicable you will be informed. If you want more information on this matter, please ask a member of staff.

Contact Information

All clinics are by appointment only. The clinic operates an appointment system therefore we are unable to accommodate late arrivals. If you are late for your appointment it is unlikely you will be seen.

We have clinics at variable times from Monday to Friday including evenings. Clients can make an appointment by ringing the booking line telephone no 0161 426 5599.  Our booking line opening times are; Monday - Friday 10am -12noon, 1pm- 4pm. 

The Choices Centre (all age groups)

1 High Bank Side, Stockport, SK1 1HG                        

Abacus Centre (previously Adswood Clinic) all age groups                        

120 Garners lane, Adswood, SK3 8QW (Friday 9.30am-11.30am appointments only clinic)                                                               

Central Youth (under 25s only drop in service)

1 St Peters Square, Stockport, SK1 1NZ       

Mon - Friday Drop in sessions and appointments.

Please see for opening times.   

Please note our drop in sessions can be busy and you may have a wait. During very busy times.


Interpreting service

A free interpreting service is available, and can be arranged with prior notice by clinic staff if necessary. Please speak to a member of staff about this. 

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