This page is for professionals to use. If you are not a
health professional please visit our other pages for further
If the information below does not answer your question,
healthcare professionals may call us on 0117 342 6913
We run a "Walk-In" service and aim to see all patients seeking
advice and testing within 48 hours. If you would like to
directly refer a patient to us, or if you would like to refer
a patient to one of our specialist clinics, please see
Acute medical advice: If you require advice, you may contact us
on the telephone or email. We will endeavour to return your call or
email within 24 hours.
Specialist clinics available:
- African Well Woman's clinic
- "Lost threads"
- Deep implants
- Difficult IUD/IUS fits
- Chronic herpes
- Male and female chronic pelvic pain
- Psychosexual service
- Problematic female discharge
We will send patients an appointment date and time. This is not
appropriate for acute presentations.
Bristol Sexual Health Service, Central Clinic, Tower Hill BS2
Post-coital/Emergency contraceptive IUD
If you wish to refer your patient for a post-coital IUD, please
click on the link below and fax the referral form to the number
provided at the bottom of the referral letter.
Referral for assessment and fitting of post coital
Central booking number 0345 872 5435
Kindly ring this number, or give it to your patient to
self-refer, for all first appointments with the Pregnancy Advisory
Service. This is for all women, regardless of age, in Bristol,
South Glos and North Somerset with an unplanned pregnancy.
This number is free and available 24/7.
If you would like to speak to someone directly at Pregnancy
Advisory Service regarding a specific referral, please call 0117
342 6824. You will not be able to make an appointment using this
If you are referring someone under 18 years of
age, we would be very grateful if you would be able to
provide us with additional information and fax this through. This
is in addition to a referral via the Central
Booking number. Please click here to
open the under 18's additional information form. PAS fax
Patients can self-refer. However, if there are complex medical
and/or social factors please phone on their behalf to make an
appointment and where possible provide a letter with details
(including the date of the appointment made). Please fax this to
Additional information on IUS and implant
If you are a GP and would like to refer a patient
for an emergency IUD, please click on this
link for our referral details.
If you are a GP and would like to refer a
patient for LARC method at BSHC please see this
The current commissioning arrangements for fitting the IUS and
implant in out clinics, specifies that we can only fit these
methods in certain situations, as below:
- There has been a direct referral from a GP for specific
contraception advice and fitting of long acting reversible
- Where a GP can't remove an implant, BSHS staff will remove and
replace if a further implant is required
- IUD/IUS removal and replacement is outside scope of GP
- Medical complexity of an individual requiring LARC which is
outside GP expertise and requires specialist sexual health
advice/treatment; such as long term medical conditions
- Any young person under 18 attending the clinic
- Where there is no alternative form of contraception in place at
the time of presentation (excluding the use of condoms).
Local authority commissioners for Bristol, South
Gloucestershire and North Somerset have provided BSHS with lists of
GP practices that fit the IUS and those that fit the implant.
Patient of these listed practices who do not meet any of the above
criteria, will be referred back to their GP for fitting of these
We will be triaging patients who phone us asking to
make appointments for fitting of any IUS or implant and again
patients of the listed practices who do not meet any of the
criteria above (that can be ascertained), will be advised to
contact their GP for an appointment.
Fitting of Mirena Coils in Secondary Care(when not for
contraception) is on the Interventions Not Normally Funded (INNF)
list as 'Criteria Based Access' for all Bristol and South
Gloucestershire patients. Bristol Sexual Health services will
refer back to their GP patients who phone requesting an
appointment for this.
Useful links for national guidance
The following websites provide open-access guidelines that may
Faculty of Sexual and
Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH)
British Association for Sexual
Health and HIV (BASHH)