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Highland Sexual Health

Highland Sexual Health clinics run throughout Highland and provide: a free, confidential, one-stop service for men and women. The nurses and doctors are specially trained in sexual health and contraception and their aim is to deal with everyone in a friendly, non-judgemental and sensitive way.

From April 1st 2017, there has been a change in who provides both clinical and health promotion and education services around sexual health for young people under-25 in Highland.

A partnership between Highland Sexual Health of NHS Highland and Waverley Care will ensure young people can continue to access drop-in clinics and wider support without a break in service.

The transfer follows a decision by Brook to discontinue its contract with NHS Highland.

North25 is the new name for the clinical services managed by Highland Sexual Health, providing pregnancy testing and contraception (including emergency contraception), sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment, counselling and support.

Under the new arrangements, Waverley Care will be responsible for delivery sexual health education programmes aimed at young people and professionals.

Anyone seeking access to these services should contact Highland Sexual Health on 01463 888 300.

For details of sexual health services in Argyll and Bute please click the following link:

  • Contraception including Emergency Contraception and Contraceptive Implants 
  • Testing & Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections including HIV 
  • Pregnancy Testing and referral for Termination of Pregnancy 
  • FREE Condoms 
  • Cervical Smear testing 
  • General information and advice regarding sexual health and contraception

We are happy to see people who have symptoms or just want a check-up for sexually transmitted infections. However, please note that most tests are not sensitive enough to pick up an infection as soon as you have caught it, so if you are worried about a particular sexual contact you must wait for at least 10 days after that contact before being tested for infection. 

Women with an unplanned pregnancy who wish advice about considering abortion may seek help from their GP, Highland Sexual Health or may self refer to the Social Gynaecology service (telephone 01463 705667). It is best to seek help as soon as is practical, as we would like to see you within the Social Gynaecology clinic early in your pregnancy - as soon after 6 weeks as is possible.  If you are experiencing delays in discussing your situation it may be best to use the self referral service (01463 705667).

HIV testing is available at all sexual health clinics in Highland and is free of charge. However, in April 2015 Home Instant Self Testing Kits for HIV were legalised for sale within the UK. HIV Scotland can provide detailed information around availability, cost, when to test, who should test and what you should do if your test is positive.

Waverley Care in Inverness is currently providing a rapid test for HIV, which is free of charge with results available in 20 minutes. Support and advice about reducing risk is also available. For more information call 01463 711 585 or email or visit

Opening Times:

In Inverness clinics run daily within Raigmore Hospital in Zone 1, Clinic 4.

Telephone 01463 888300   for further information and an appointment.


In Invergordon there is a clinic each Thursday within the Out-Patient Department of the County Community Hospital.

Telephone 01463 888300 for further information and an appointment.


In Aviemore there is a drop in clinic each Tuesday evening from 4.30 – 6.00pm in the Health Centre, no appointment necessary just call in.

Telephone 01463 888300 or 07929 401489 for further information.


In Fort William there is a clinic each Thursday within the Out-Patient Department in the Belford Hospital.

Telephone 01463 888300 for further information and an appointment.


In Wick there is a weekly clinic which runs within the Out-Patient Department of Caithness General Hospital.

Telephone 01463 888300 for further information and an appointment.


In Thurso a clinic runs each Monday within the Dunbar Hospital Out-Patient Department.

Telephone 01463 888300 for further information and an appointment.


Several GP practices within Highland also provide sexual health services; you don’t have to be registered with the practice and can visit them confidentially. These GP’s will advertise this service locally or telephone 01463 704202 for information about services close to you.


Useful Links
  • Sexual Health Scotland
    Not sure if you need a test, where to get one or want to test your knowledge of sexually transmitted infections or contraception the Sexual Health Scotland website contains all you need to know.
  • Family Planning Association (fpa)
    The Family Planning Association is the UK's leading sexual health charity. Our purpose is to enable people in the UK to make informed choices about sex and to enjoy sexual health.
  • Waverley Care
    Support services for people living with HIV HIV prevention and information services HIV and Hepatitis B and C testing service Free condoms and lube by post scheme - Outreach, information and resources to men who have sex with men Sexual health information and advice Training and workshops for professionals; young people; groups LGBT * support and information (* lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)