Sexual health

Sexual health is just a part of your overall physical and mental health and it is important to look after in just the same way.

Free contraception and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is available to all people in Solihull, from your family doctor or from specialist sexual health clinics. All services are completely confidential.

Good sexual health

If you are worried about anything to do with sex and your sexual health, your GP is a good place to turn for advice and family doctors can provide all types of routine contraception including the pill, condoms and emergency contraception (often called the ‘morning after pill’).

The following links can help you find, good reliable sources of general sexual health information:

Solihull sexual health services

Umbrella Sexual Health Services provide advice, information and help for you whatever your sexual health needs. This includes:

  • all types of contraception, including long term types such as injections, coils and implants
  • emergency contraception
  • testing for all sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV
  • treatment for STIs such as chlamydia, syphilis, herpes and gonorrhoea
  • chlamydia screening for young people aged 15 -25
  • advice about unprotected sex
  • support for people sexually exploited or abused
  • pregnancy testing and referral for termination
  • advice and support for LGBTQ sexual health

Visit the Umbrella website to:

You can contact the Umbrella service by calling 0121 237 5700.

You can use any Umbrella clinic across Birmingham and Solihull.

Other sexual health services

Umbrella works with lots of partners, including the:

Young people

Umbrella run a specialist service for young people. You can contact the service by calling 0121 237 5700.

You can also visit the You+ shop in Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre for support, including:

  • free condoms
  • pregnancy tests
  • STI self test kits

Contraception

Contraception is free for everyone, and services are completely confidential, even for young people under 16 (but over 13).

Condoms help stop infections. They also reduce the risk of pregnancy, although other types of contraception are more reliable.

Other types of contraception do not stop infections, but are more effective in preventing unplanned pregnancy. All GPs can provide oral contraceptives and injectable contraceptives, and some can also fit coils and implant Long-acting Reversible Contraception (LARC).

Long-acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)

If you are registered with a GP practice in Solihull you can see whether they offer LARC:

Surgery name Address Telephone number
Arden Medical Centre Downing Close, off Station Road, Knowle, Solihull B93 0QA 01564 739194
Arran Medical Centre 

(sister practice to Sheldon Heath Medical Centre)

Mull Croft, Smiths Wood, Birmingham B36 0PU 0121 770 4043
Balsall Common Practice (sister practice to Meriden Group Practice) Balsall Common Health Centre, 1 Ashley Drive, Balsall Common CV7 7RW 01676 536 833/01676 935 000
Bosworth Medical Centre

Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre, Crabtree Drive, Chelmsley Wood B37 5BU

0121 770 4484
Chester Road Surgery 406c Chester Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmigham B36 0LF 0121 770 3035
Coventry Road Practice 2314 Coventry Road, Sheldon, Birmingham B26 3JS 0121 743 2154
Croft Medical Centre 1 Pomeroy Way, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham B37 7WB 0121 270 7180 (option 3 - general enquiries)
Dickens Heath Medical Centre (Sister Practice to The Jacey Practice) 94 Old Dickens Heath Rd, Dickens Heath, Shirley, Solihull B90 1SD 0121 744 9393
Dorridge Surgery Downing Close off Station Road, Knowle, Solihull B93 0QA 01564 776 262
GPS - Tanworth Lane Surgery 198 Tanworth Lane, Shirley, Solihull B90 4DD 0121 796 2777 (Option 3)
Grove Surgery 

(sister practice to Shirley Medical Centre)

3 Grove Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 2AG 0121 705 1105
Hampton Surgery

Fentham Hall, Marsh Lane, Hampton in Arden, Solihull B92 OAH

01675 442510
Haslucks Green Medical Centre 287 Haslucks Green Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 2LW 0121 744 6663
Hobs Moat Medical Centre Ulleries Road, Solihull B92 8ED 0121 742 5211
Meadowside Family Health Centre 30 Winchcombe Road, Solihull B92 8PJ 0121 796 2777 (Option 1)
Monkspath Surgery Farmhouse Way, Monkspath, Solihull B90 4EH 0121 7111 414
Northbrook Group Practice 93 Northbrook Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 3LX 0121 746 5000
Park Surgery GPS 278 Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 3AF 0121 796 2777 (Option 5)
Richmond Medical Centre 179 Richmond Road, Solihull, West Midlands B92 7SA 0121 743 2159
Shirley Medical Centre (sister practice to Grove Road Surgery) 8 Union Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 3DT 0121 705 1105
The Blythe Practice GPS 1500 Warwick Road, Knowle, Solihull B93 9LE 0121 796 2777 (Option 4)
The Castle Practice 2 Hawthorne Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham B36 0HH 0121 747 2422
The Jacey Practice (sister practice to Dickens Heath Medical Centre) 93 Northbrook Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 3LX 0121 745-9333 (Option 3)
The Village Surgery GPS Cheswick Green, Shirley, Solihull B90 4JA 0121 796 2777 (Option 6)
Yew Tree Medical Centre GPS 100 Yew Tree Lane, Solihull B91 2RA 0121 796 2777 (Option 2)

If your practice does not offer LARC

If your practice does not offer LARC, you can request a referral form from them and contact Croft Medical Centre in Chelmsley Wood who can help.

Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC)

If you have sex without contraception, emergency contraception can be used up to 5 days afterwards and is available free from your:

Emergency contraception is more effective if used as soon as possible after having unprotected sex.

If  you are registered with a GP practice in Solihull you can see whether they offer EHC:

Primary Care centres that provide EHC
Asda Chelmsley Wood

Bosworth Drive

Chelmsley Wood

Birmingham

B37 5EX
Boots - Hatchford Brook Road

5 Hatchford Brook Road

Solihull

B92 9AG

Boots - Lyndon Road

255 Lyndon Road

Solihull

B92 7QP

Boots Pharmacy - Crabtree Drive

Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre

Crabtree Drive

Chelmsley Wood

Birmingham

B37 5BU

Boots UK Ltd - Greenwood Way

29-31 Greenwood Way

Chelmsley Wood

Birmingham

B37 5TL

Boots UK Ltd - Mell Square

7 Mell Square

Solihull

B91 3AZ

Boots UK Ltd - Bradford Road

352 Bradford Road

Castle Bromwich

Birmingham

B36 9AD

Boots UK Ltd - Stratford Road

239 Stratford Road

Shirley

Solihull

B90 3AH

Boots UK Ltd - Sears Retail Park

Unit 4 Sears Retail Park

Oakenshaw Road

Solihull

B90 4QY

Buchans Chemist

The Castle Practice

2 Hawthorne Road

Castle Bromwich

B36 0HH

Castle Pharmacy

335 Chester Road

Castle Bromwich

Birmingham

B36 0JG

Crest Phramacy - Meriden

1 The Green

Meriden

Coventry

CV7 7LN

Croft Pharmacy

Headingham Grove

Solihull

B37 7TW

Daltons Pharmacy

114 Main Street

Dickens Heath

Shirley

Solihull

B90 1UA

Dorridge Pharmacy

Unit 5, Forest Court

Station Road

Dorridge

Solihull

B93 8JA

Dovehouse Pharmacy

351 Warwick Road

Olton

Solihull

B91 1BQ

Dudley Taylor Pharmacy

12 Cheswick Way

Cheswick Green

Shirley

Solihull

B90 4JA

Gospel Lane Pharmacy

368 Gospel Lane

Olton

Birmingham

B27 7AJ

Haslucks Green Pharmacy

130 Haslucks Green Road

Shirley

Solihull

B90 2EH

Hingleys Chemist (Hobs Moat Road)

101B Hobs Moat Road

Solihull

B92 8JL

Knights Marston Green Pharmacy

60 Station Road

Marston Green

Birmingham

B37 7BA

Knights Solihull Pharmacy

3 Grove Road

Solihull

B91 2AG

Late Night Yew Tree Pharmacy

49 Yew Tree Lane

Elmdon Heath

Solihull

B91 2NX

LloydsPharmacy - Ashley Drive

1 Ashley Drive

Balsall Common

Coventry

CV7 7RW

LloydsPharmacy in Sainsburys

545 Stratford Road

Shirley

Solihull

B90 4AJ

Medispire Limited

229 Stratford Road

Shirley

Solihull

B90 3AH

Morrisons Pharmacy

George Road

Solihull

B91 3BQ

MR Pharmacy

Shelly Shopping Centre

Unit 6, Farmhouse Way

Monkspath

Solihull

B90 4EH

Northbrook Ltd

Northbrook Health Centre

93 Northbrook Road

Shirley

Solihull

B90 3LX

Olton Pharmacy

159 Warwick Road

Olton

Solihull

B92 7AR

Saydon Pharmacy

156 Green Lane

Castle Bromwich

Birmingham

B36 0BU

Shirley Pharmacy

5 Union Road

Shirley

Solihull

B90 3BT

St Marys Pharmacy

48 Fentham Road

Hampton-In-Arden

Solihull

B92 0AY

Superdrug Pharmacy

34 Mill Lane Arcade

Touchwood Court

Solihull

B91 3GS

Tanworth Lane Pharmacy

198 Tanworth Lane

Shirley

B90 4DD

Tesco Instore Pharmacy - 21-35 Stratford Road

21-35 Stratford Road

Shirley

Solihull

B90 3LU

Tesco Instore Pharmacy - 1505 Stratford Road

1505 Stratford Road

Shirley

Solihull

B90 4EN

Windridges

1709 High Street

Knowle

Solihull

B93 0LN

WM Brown

12-14 The Parade

Kingshurst

Birmingham

B37 6BA

Yew Tree Pharmacy

59 Yew Tree Lane

Solihull

B91 2NX

Opening times

You can check opening times over the weekend and bank holidays at NHS.UK.

Safe sex and reducing risk

STIs and unwanted pregnancy are avoidable - you can reduce your risk by having safe sex. Safe sex means:

  • using condoms
  • not having sex when affected by alcohol or drugs

Condoms are the most effective way to protect against sexually transmitted infections and should be used when having sex, especially with a new partner. Using another contraceptive, such as the pill, will reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancy too.