Sexual Health

The Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) or Sexual Health service is FREE and confidential and is open to all ages (13 years and older) and sexualities.


We provide the full range of sexual infection screening and treat all sexual infections free of charge. We see anyone:

  • wanting a sexual health check-up for infections with no problems or symptoms (we offer the choice of not being examined – men can do a urine sample and women can take their own swab);
  • With a suspected or known sexual infection;
  • with any genital problems – for example pain urinating, discharge, pain during sex, bleeding after sex, rashes, itching, lumps, testicular problems;
  • who has had sex with someone who has an infection;
  • wanting a blood test for HIV and other infections such as syphilis and hepatitis;
  • with a diagnosis of HIV for long term treatment and monitoring;
  • who has been or think they may have been sexually assaulted;
  • at risk sexually the Hepatitis B vaccination;
  • wanting further advice on safer sex, sexual risk taking, infections, sexuality and gender issues, worried about abuse;
  • requiring the C card (condom training, free condom supplies);
  • requiring written proof of infection status (please note there is a fee of £30 for this and photographic proof of identity such as a passport is needed).


We can also help you contact partners if you have been diagnosed with an infection.


We also see and manage men and women of all ages with non-sexual infection problems such as (in fact a third of all people who attend our service attend with these problems):

  • genital skin problems (itching, soreness, rashes, lumps);
  • genital pain;
  • unexplained vaginal discharge or thrush;
  • those with problems following Gender Reassignment Surgery


Contraception Service

We supply emergency contraception however we do not provide on-going contraception other than condoms.  For this family planning advice contact the Contraceptive Services Department on 0191 569 9966 or visit relevant page on the City Hospitals Sunderland website.

Contraceptive Services – Easy Read Leaflet

Who will I see?

We have a team of male and female staff including consultants and specialist trained nursing staff. If you wish to see a particular sex of staff please just mention when booking.


How long does it take to get my results?

Typically you will have your results within a week. These are usually text to you, alternatively you can phone in.


How can I be seen?

You can phone for an appointment or attend one of our drop-in clinics (these are on a first come first served basis).

You can self refer – you do not need a referral from your GP or another doctor.

You may have seen another doctor or nurse – if they have given you a letter it is important you bring this with you.


Drop in Clinics

These clinics are run on a “first come first served” basis.

Monday – 8.45 am – 12 noon and 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tuesday – 8.45 am – 12 noon and 1.30 pm – 4 pm
Wednesday – 8.45 am – 12 noon and 1.30 pm – 4 pm
Thursday – 8.45 am – 12 noon and 1.30 – 4 pm
Friday – 8.45 am – 12 noon


Appointment Clinics

Monday – 4.30 pm – 7:20 pm
Tuesday –  2 pm – 4 pm
Wednesday – 2 pm – 6 pm and 4:30 pm – 7:20 pm
Thursday – 2 pm – 4 pm
Friday – 2 pm – 4 pm



Clinical Director
Mr Craig Steele – 0191 565 6256  ext 49781

Trianee Directorate Manager
Lisa Ball – 0191 565 6256 ext 42134

Appointments – 0191 569 9021 (Monday to Friday – 9 am to 5 pm)



Sunderland Royal Hospital – entering from Kayll Road, turn immediately left into car park.  The unit is situated opposite the Niall Quinn Children’s Centre.