Sexual Health

The Department of Sexual Health is at 21a Craven Road, Reading. It combines Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) and Contraceptive Services (Family Planning).

Hands holding leaflets

Clinic times – GUM (Genito-Urinary Medicine)

'Walk-in' clinics – no appointment needed.

  • Florey unit
    21a Craven Rd, Reading
    RG1 5LE
    Monday to Friday: 7am to 7pm.

The clinic will be closed for staff training every Thursday from 8am to 9am.  Only very urgent cases will be seen by the senior nurse on duty.

Please note that we are closed on all Bank and Public Holidays

We will endeavour to see everyone. However, if between 6.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. attendance is high we may ask you to return the next day.

Please note:  All male patients are required NOT to pass urine for at least 60 minutes prior to seeing the doctor or nurse.  This is espically important for Chlamydia testing.

  • Drop-in clinic for HIV testing
    HIV testing during walk in clinic times:
    Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm.
  • West Berkshire Community Hospital
    London Rd, Benham Hill, Thatcham
    RG18 3AS
    Saturday 9.30am-11.30 am

(Not open on the Saturday immediately before Bank/Public holidays)

Clinic times – Contraceptive Services

  • 'Walk–in' clinics for under 25s – no appointment needed
  • Contraceptive Services - 21a Craven Road, Reading
    RG1 5LE. Monday to Thursday: 4pm to 7pm
  • Whitley Clinic, Northumberland Ave, Reading
    Wednesday: 8.30 am to11.00am.
  • Connexions, Friar Street, Reading
    Wednesday: 4.00 pm - 6.30 pm
    Friday: 2.00pm - 4.30 pm.
  • West Berkshire Community Hospital
    London Rd, Benham Hill, Thatcham
    RG18 3AS
    Monday: 4.00pm to 6.30pm.
    Thursday: 4.00pm to 6.30pm.

The Gauge Clinic

This is a pilot project providing a comprehensive sexual health screening service for men who have sex with men. The service includes tests for: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis B and C as well as vaccinations against Hepatitis A and B, free treatment and advice.

No appointments are needed for these walk-in clinics.

Sessions planned are:

  • Wednesday 11 June 7am to 10am
  • Wednesday 18 June 3pm to 6pm
  • Wednesday 25 June 7am to 10am
  • Wednesday 9 July 3pm to 6pm
  • Wednesday 16 July 7am to 10am
  • Wednesday 23 July 3pm to 6pm

The Gauge Clinics will be at the Department of Sexual Health, 21a Craven Road, Reading RG1 5AN

Emergency contraception

Emergency contraception is available to patients of all ages. If you require emergency contraception call in to any of the 'walk-in' clinics, Monday to Friday 7 am – 7 pm.

Are you over 25?

If you require contraceptive services you should make an appointment with your GP. If he or she is unable to help you we have several specialist clinics that they may refer you to. These clinics are by appointment only.

If you have run out of pills and are unable to get an appointment with your GP, we will be happy to issue you with three month’s supply.


Useful Contacts

Sexual Health

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
21a Craven Road

0118 322 7202

  • CONTACT DETAILS: Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, London Road, Reading RG1 5AN
  • Email us
  • Tel: 0118 322 5111