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Brook Southend

Free, confidential sexual health services for people of all ages living in Southend-on-sea.

Access contraception and emergency contraception, STI testing, advice and more.

Brook Southend operates a free and confidential service for people of all ages, offering sexual health screening, contraception, pregnancy testing, free condoms and advice.

An overview of services available at Brook Southend can be found below. For more detailed information, please visit the individual location listings or the Brook Southend website.

Quick access: help and information

Online STI testing

You can order an STI test, repeat contraception and emergency contraception online from Brook Southend. You can also have online testing and treatment for genital warts and herpes.

Find out more about how to access Brook Southend’s online services.

Order contraception

You can order repeat contraception and emergency contraception from Brook Southend.

Find out more about how to order contraception.

Free condoms

The Condom Distribution Service, also known as the WRAPPED Scheme, lets you access free condoms, internal condoms (femidoms) and lube from a number of outlets. It is free for anyone aged 13+ living in Southend.

Find out more about how to get free condoms.

Get in touch

If you think you need an appointment, or want to talk to someone, you can call us on 0330 135 5916. Our friendly staff are here to help you with whatever is going on.

Service locations and information

Brook Southend

Service for people of all ages in Southend-on-Sea

NHS and other services

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How can Brook Southend help me?

At Brook Southend, we’re here to help you with all aspects of your sexual health and wellbeing.

Whatever is going on, our friendly team will support you with whatever you need, even if you’re not sure exactly what that is yet. All of our services are free and confidential. We offer:


Visiting a clinic

Brook Southend provides free and confidential sexual health services for people of all ages.

View information about opening times and how to get in touch.

COVID-19 update

Brook Southend services are running for people of all ages.

Under normal circumstances, we offer walk-in appointments. However, to keep our staff and visitors safe, Brook Southend is currently offering phone appointments, during which an in-person appointment may be arranged if necessary.

What if I don’t live in Southend-on-Sea?

Brook Southend services are only available to residents of Southend-on-Sea. If you live outside of Southend-on-Sea but have an Essex address, please visit essexsexualhealthservice.org.uk for details of how to access sexual health services.

You can also find you local sexual health service here.


Online services

Brook Southend offers various online services in partnership with SH:24. For in person services, contact the Brook Southend clinic to make an appointment.

Home STI test kits

Brook Southend offers free sexual health screening for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV, and offers and treatment for people of all ages.

Residents aged 16+ in Southend-on-sea can also now order a free postal STI test from SH:24, which can test for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis.

Brook recommends testing two weeks after unprotected sex (sex without a condom) to ensure an accurate result. For HIV testing, you need to wait 6 weeks to take a test in order to get the most accurate result.

These postal test kits are for people who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic). If you have any symptoms, please contact Brook Southend.

What if I don’t live in Southend-on-sea?

Brook Southend services are only available to residents of Southend-on-Sea. If you live outside of Southend-on-Sea but have an Essex address, please visit essexsexualhealthservice.org.uk for details of how to access sexual health services.

Find your local provider of home testing kits.

Testing and treatment for genital warts and herpes

If you think you might have genital warts or genital herpes, we can offer online diagnosis and treatment by post, without you needing to visit a clinic. The service is provided by SH:24, and uses photo diagnosis.

Repeat contraception and emergency contraception

If you are 16+ and live in Southend-on-sea, you can order the pill online from SH:24 for free and receive it directly to your home or another location of your choice. You can can also order an extended range of contraception options from SH:24, including the ringpatch and self-injectable.

If you are a Southend-on-sea resident aged 16+, you can also order the emergency hormonal contraception (the “morning after pill”) online from SH:24 and receive it directly to your home or another location of your choice. 

If you are 15 or under, want to discuss your options for emergency contraception or think the IUD is your best option, please contact Brook Southend as soon as possible.


Free condoms

The Condom Distribution Service lets you access free condoms, internal condoms (femidoms) and lube from a number of outlets in Southend-on-Sea. It is free for anyone aged 13+ living in Southend-on-Sea.

To be able to use the condom distribution service in Southend-on-Sea, you will first need to register for a C-Card.

Anyone can register for a C-Card at any registering Condom Distribution Service outlet. If you are 16+ you also have the option to register online.

Education and outreach

Alongside our clinical services, Brook is commissioned to provide sexual health promotion, community outreach, education and training in Southend-on-Sea.

Working closely with our clinical colleagues, our aim is to ensure that key beneficiary groups are benefiting from good sexual and reproductive health services by raising awareness, signposting and improving the knowledge, skills and attitudes of both professionals and service users.

Find out more about education and outreach here.

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