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Professionals

This page is for professionals to use. If you are not a health professional please visit our other pages for further information.

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 below.

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

Written referrals:

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 0JD.

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 IUD

Abortion service:

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 number.

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 number-0117 3426934

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 us.

Additional information on IUS and implant fitting:

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 referral form.

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 contraception
  • 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 devices.

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 be useful:

Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) 

British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH)