Sit & wait clinics

Sit & wait clinics

All of our Devon Sexual Health clinics run ‘sit and wait’ sessions sometimes also called ‘walk-in clinics’ where you can arrive without an appointment and wait to be seen.

Attending a sit and wait clinic usually means you can be seen earlier than if you book an appointment but you will have to wait until a doctor or nurse is free. If you book an appointment then you should typically be seen within 15 – 30 minutes of arrival.

If you are concerned about HIV and need PEP please make sure you mention this to reception when you arrive. PEP needs to be taken shortly after exposure to be effective.

If you have been sexually assaulted please make sure you mention this on arrival and we will try and see you as quickly as possible.

Tips for attending a sit and wait clinic

Tips for attending a sit and wait clinic

  1. If you arrive at the early part of the sit and wait session, you are more likely to be seen quickly.
  2. We will always do our best to see everyone that attends, however when a clinic is very busy, we may not have capacity to see you if you arrive part way through the session time.
  3. Busiest times are Mondays, Fridays and lunchtimes.
  4. Bring a book, a magazine or a friend. Not all of our clinics have free wi-fi.
  5. Make sure that you have enough parking on your car.
  6. If you are waiting and someone arrives after you but is seen before you, they have probably booked an appointment.
Sit and wait clinic times

Sit and wait clinic times

Clinic Type Location Day Time
Sexual health & contraception Castle Circus Health Centre Torquay Mon – Fri 9:00am – 11:30am
  Exeter Walk-in Centre Mon – Fri 9:30am – 3:30pm
  Okehampton Community Hospital Mon 4:00pm – 7:00pm
  Ilfracombe Tyrell Hospital Mon 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Under 25s Sexual health & contraception Castle Circus Health Centre Torquay Thurs 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Newton Abbot Hospital Tues 3:00pm – 4:30pm
  Barnstaple Health Centre Mon & Thurs 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Under 25s Contraception   only Bideford Hospital Tues 3:30pm – 5:00pm
  Paignton Health & Wellbeing Centre Mon 3:00pm – 4:30pm

PLEASE NOTE THE FINISH TIME OF THESE SESSIONS ARE NOT FIXED. WE DO HAVE TO CLOSE SIT AND WAIT SESSIONS EARLY IF THE SERVICE IS VERY BUSY.

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