Cumbria Sexual Health Service

Cumbria County Council want to ensure that the services they commission in Cumbria meet the needs of our local population. They are therefore conducting an anonymous survey to explore people's sexual health and their opinions of local sexual health services. The information collected will be used to inform the development and delivery of local services, so even if you have never used a sexual health service, they would still like to hear your views.

The survey is open to anyone aged 16 years or over, whether old or young, gay or straight, male or female, and can be accessed here:

Complete the online survey about sexual health services in Cumbria

If you are concerned about any aspect of your sexual health then you can make an appointment in complete confidence at your nearest sexual health service. Sexual health treatment and advice in Cumbria is provided in a variety of settings across the county including GUM Clinics, Contraceptive services, GP surgeries, community pharmacies, and Inspira (previously Connexions).

Cumbria has a central sexual healthline which you can call to be directed to any of the sexual health services you require.

Sexual Healthline Cumbria - Signposting Service

Sexual Healthline Cumbria 0845 371 4037* In the know, about where to go

A new local rate telephone number is now available to direct you to the best service for your needs

0845 371 4037*

*calls charged at local rate

Having sex should be fun and enjoyable, but having unprotected sex may increase your risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection or becoming pregnant. Using condoms during sex will help you feel more confident and relaxed about sex as condoms protect you and your partner from sexually transmitted infections.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed through intimate sexual contact. STIs include chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhoea. They can be passed on during vaginal, anal and oral sexual intercourse, as well as through genital contact with an infected partner.

Using contraception is the best way to reduce the risk of pregnancy, using condoms will also protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). There are a wide range of different contraceptive methods to choose from, which means there is something out there to suit everyone, both male and female.

If you want to enjoy sex without the worries, have a look through these pages and see what's on offer, that way you can choose what is right for you. Whether you are in a long term relationship, or have met someone new, you will enjoy sex without worrying only by knowing you are protected against pregnancy and infection.

Get the most up to date information about changes to services and advice on our Facebook pages:

FacebookCumbria Sexual Health on Facebook
Facebook page for Young People 
You can also get updates about changes to services from your local Sexual Health Hub on Facebook
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GUM clinics

GUM Clinics (Genito-Urinary Medicine) provide sexual health services for those with or without symptoms of a sexualy transmitted infection and also offer some types of contraception including emergency contraception.

All services are confidential, you can attend a clinic without a medical referral anonymously. Any information given will not appear on your medical records without your permission.

Meaning you can tell others about your visit to the clinic, but we won't.

GUM clinics offer a range of services that may include:

  • testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) 
  • advice about sexual health 
  • free condoms 
  • contraception, including emergency contraception 
  • HIV testing 
  • care of people who are HIV positive
  • PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) - medication that can help prevent people from developing HIV if they've been exposed to it 
  • hepatitis B vaccination 
  • advice about abortion 
  • help for people who have been sexually assaulted


Solway Clinic, Centre for Sexual Health
Hilltop Heights, London Road, Carlisle, CA1 2NS
Tel: 01228 608989

General Drop -in Clinics

Mon-Fri 8.30am - 11.30am
Wed 5.30pm - 7.00pm
1st Sat every month 10.00 - 12noon

Under 20's Drop -in Clinics - Mon - Fri 3.30pm - 5.30pm

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Workington Community Hospital, Park Lane, CA14 2RW
Tel: 01900 705050

Walk-In: Mondays and Tuesdays 1.30pm - 5pm, Fridays 1.30pm - 3pm
Appointments: Mondays am & pm, Wednesdays pm, Fridays am


Flattwalks Health Centre, 3 Castle Meadows, Catherine Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7Q
Tel: 01900 705050

Walk-In: n/a
Appointments: Thursdays pm

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Kentwood Clinic, Gillinggate Centre, LA9 4JE
Tel: 01539 716706

Appointments: Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday

Walk In: CaSH 19yrs and under Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday 3:30-5pm

Friday: any age 10-2pm




Birchwood Clinic, Furness General Hospital, LA14 4LF
Tel: 01229 404464

Appointments: Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Walk-in: CaSH 19yrs and under Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 3:30-5pm

Friday: under 25's 12-2pm



Useful information for sexual health

Sexualy transmitted infections (STIs)

There are at least 25 different STIs. What they all have in common is that they can be passed on through sexual contact, including vaginal, oral and anal sex.

If you have an STI, it's important to find out so that you can get it treated as soon as possible, and so that you don't pass it on to someone else. If left untreated, some STIs can cause serious and permanent damage. In some cases it can damage your fertility, meaning that it can be harder for you to get pregnant in the future, or making you unable to have children at all. If you are pregnant, some STIs can be passed to your unborn baby.

For more information visit: NHS Choices: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Contraception services

Methods of Contraception 

There are many different methods of contraception available and these are available from community contraceptive sexual health clinics, GUM clinics, your own doctor and some pharmacies, NHS walk in centres and accident and emergency departments. Contraception is free, including emergency contraception.

For more information visit: NHS Choices: Methods of contraception

Emergency Contraception

Accidents sometimes happen! If you have had unprotected sex for any reason, you can still get contraception which can stop you getting pregnant. You can take an emergency contraceptive pill up to 72 hours or three days later. However, the sooner you take it, the more effective it is. You can get the emergency pill from any sexual health clinic, your doctor and some pharmacies. This is a free and confidential service.

However, the emergency contraceptive pill should not be relied upon as a regular method of contraception.

Your local pharmacies offering free emergency contraception and Chlamydia screening:

For more information visit: NHS Choices: Emergency contraceptive pill


Solway Clinic, Centre for Sexual Health
Hilltop Heights, London Road, Carlisle, CA1 2NS
Tel: 01228 608989

Drop-in Clinics

Mon-Fri 8.30am - 11.30am
Wed 5.30pm - 7.00pm
1st Sat every month 10.00 - 12noon

Under 20's Drop -in Clinics

Mon - Fri 3.30pm - 5.30pm


Inspira - Advice Centre (formerly Connexions), 213 Vulcans Lane, Workington CA14 2BT

  • Drop in Clinics (under 20's): Tuesdays & Thursdays 3pm - 5pm 

Workington Community Hospital, Park Lane, Workington CA14 2RW
Tel: 01900 705000

  • Appointments (Over 20's):  Wednesdays pm


Inspira - Advice Centre (formerly Connexions), Roper Street, Whitehaven CA28 7AR

  • Drop in Clinics (under 20's): Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 3pm - 5pm

Flatts Walk Health Centre, 3 Castle Meadows, Whitehaven CA28 7QE
Tel: 01946 68600

  • Appointments (Over 20's): Mondays pm



Tel: 01228 608989

Newton Rigg College - Penrith, Cumbria CA11 OAH

  • Drop in clinics: Tuesday 11.30am - 1.30pm (term time only)


Kentwood Clinic, Gillinggate Centre, LA9 4JE
Tel: 01539 716706

Appointments: Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday
Walk-in: CaSH 19yrs and under Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 3.30-5pm
Friday: 10am - 2pm

Kendal College, Milnthorpe Rd  Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AY

  • Drop in clinics: Contraception Wednesdays 12noon - 2pm (term time only)

Ulverston Health Centre, Stanley St, Ulverston LA12 7BT

  • Appointments: Contraception Thursdays 6pm - 8pm

Ulverston Children's Centre, Lund Terrace, Ulverston Cumbria LA12 9BE

  • Drop in clinics: Contraception Mondays 3:45pm - 5pm




Birchwood Clinic, Furness General Hospital, LA14 4LF
Tel: 01229 404464

Appointments: Monday and Wednesday

Walk-in: CaSH 19yrs and under Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 330-5pm

Friday: under 25's 12-2pm

Network Centre, Millom School, Salthouse Rd, Millom, Cumbria LA18 5AB

  • Drop in clinics: Thursdays 11.30am - 1.30pm

Atkinson Health Centre, Market Street, Barrow-In-Furness LA14 2LR

  • Drop in clinics: Tuesdays 3.30pm - 5.30pm

Barrow Sixth Form, Rating Lane, Barrow-in-Furness LA13 9LE

  • Drop in clinics(term time only): Mondays 12noon - 2pm

Furness College, Channelside, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 2PJ

  • Drop in clinics(term time only): Mondays and Wednesdays 12noon - 2pm



Your local pharmacies offering free emergency contraception and Chlamydia screening:

GP Surgeries Offering Level 2 Sexual Health Services

GP Surgeries offering Level 2 sexual health services in:


South Lakeland





GP surgeries across Cumbria offer sexual health treatments, testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and contraceptive advice. Each surgery listed below has a GP or practice nurse who has been specially trained to offer this advice and treatment. Look out for posters in your GP surgery stating who to ask for appointment with or ask a health care professional.

Then you can ask to book an appointment with this individual confidentially and discreetly.


Lakes Medical Pratice (own patients and Tuesday only), Penrith Health Centre, Bridge Lane, Penrith
Tel: 01768 214345

Glenridding Health Centre

South Lakeland

James Cochrane Practice, Helme Chase Surgery, Burton Road, Kendal
Tel: 01539 718080

Captain French Lane Surgery, Captain French Lane, Kendal
Tel: 01539 720241

Sedbergh Health Centre


Norwood Medical Centre, 97/99 Abbey Road, Barrow
Tel: 01229 402525

Bridgegate Medical Centre, Winchester Street, Barrow
Tel: 01229 822205


Maryport Health Services, Alenburgh House, Ewanrigg Road, Maryport
Tel: 01900 815544

Castlehead Medical Centre, Ambleside Road, Keswick
Tel: 017687 72025

Derwent House Surgery, Wakefield Road, Cockermouth
Tel: 01900 324100  


St Paul's Medical Centre (own patients only), St Paul's Square, Carlisle
Tel: 01228 524354

Spencer St Surgery (own patients only), 10 Spencer Street Carlisle
Tel: 01228 529171

Fusehill Medical Practice, Fusehill Street, Carlisle
Tel: 01228 527559


None currenlty offering level 2 sexual health advice


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