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Brook Blackburn

Free, confidential sexual health services for people of all ages living in Blackburn with Darwen.

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

Brook Blackburn 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 Blackburn can be found below. For more detailed information, please visit the Brook Blackburn website.

Quick access: help and information

Online services

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

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

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 Blackburn with Darwen.

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  01254 268 700. Our friendly staff are here to help you with whatever is going on.

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Contact Us

If you think you need an appointment, or want to talk to someone, you can call us on 01254 268 700.

Telephone lines are open:
Monday, 12-6.30pm
Tuesday, open (hours TBC)
Wednesday, 12-6pm
Thursday, open (hours TBC)
Friday, 12-5.30pm
Saturday, 10.30am-2.30pm

How can Brook Blackburn help me?

At Brook Blackburn, 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:

I live outside of Blackburn with Darwen

Please ring 0300 1234 154 for more info and for appointments at your local sexual health clinic in Lancashire.

Find out more about Lancashire Sexual Health Services.


Online services

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

Home STI test kits

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

Residents aged 16+ in Blackburn with Darwen can 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.

How does it work?
  1. A quick, confidential assessment will recommend the most appropriate kit for you, which can include tests for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis.
  2. Tests arrive the next working day in a plain envelope, sent via first class post. The kits include clear instructions to help you take your own samples at home and a freepost envelope to return your samples. Results will be sent to you within 3 days.
  3. You can do the test at home. Testing is simple and non-invasive: either a urine test or a vaginal swab that you complete yourself. 
  4. Once you have done your test, you can send it back in the freepost envelope provided.
  5. The results are then sent to you confidentially via your chosen method of communication, usually around 3 days after you have returned the test. You will either receive a text message to say results are negative or a text message asking you to contact the clinic to discuss the results.
  6. If your test comes back positive, we will help you access treatment via our online service (SH:24), our clinic in Blackburn or another service. We can also help you notify your partner(s).

What if I don’t live in Blackburn with Darwen?

If you live in Lancashire but outside of Blackburn with Darwen you can get a free STI postal kit that tests for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis.

Order a home STI test for Lancashire residents (excluding Blackburn with Darwen).

To access Lancashire CaSH Services outside of Blackburn with Darwen, call 0300 1234 154.

View more options for accessing 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.

  1. First, they will ask you about your symptoms and health history.
  2. They will then ask you to upload some photos of your symptoms in order to confirm diagnosis.
  3. Before prescribing home treatment, a clinician may call you to check some details.
  4. They will send treatment by first class Royal Mail. The package will fit through your letterbox, and you will not need to sign for it. If treatment at home is not suitable for you, they will refer you to a local clinic or offer you advice on how to manage your symptoms.
  5. Follow up support is available via text and phone.

Repeat contraception and emergency contraception

If you are 16 or over and live in Blackburn with Darwen, 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.

Once an SH:24 clinician has approved your prescription, they will post your contraception out the same day (if you order before 2pm), or the next working day (if you order after 2pm). They will send it in discreet packaging by 1st class Royal Mail. You will not have to be in or sign for the package – it will fit through your letter box.

If you are a Blackburn with Darwen 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 under 16, want to discuss your options for emergency contraception or think the IUD is your best option, please contact Brook Blackburn as soon as possible on 01254 268 700.

As well as being available online, you can also access free emergency contraception at the Brook Blackburn clinic, and at Boots on Townsmoor Retail Park (see map below). Please ring 01254 696620 to check that this free service is available.


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 Blackburn with Darwen.

To be able to use the WRAPPED Scheme in Blackburn with Darwen, you will first need to visit one of our Condom Distribution Service outlets to register.

When you register, you will be asked a few simple questions such as how old you are, your postcode and your contact details. The provider will also make sure that you understand how to use condoms effectively. All the information you provide is confidential and will not be passed on to anybody else.

Once you have registered, you can keep returning to the same outlet to pick up free condoms and lube. You can also go to any of the other Condom Distribution Service outlets, but they may ask you to complete the registration process again the first time you visit them.

Find your local Condom Distribution Service on the map below.

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COVID-19 update

Brook Blackburn services are still running for people of all ages.

Under normal circumstances, we offer walk-in appointments at the below venue. However, to keep our staff and visitors safe, Brook Blackburn is currently offering phone appointments, at which point in person appointments may be arranged if necessary.

Please call 01254 268 700 to arrange an appointment. There are no walk-in services available until further notice.

Brook Blackburn is located on Darwen Street, and offers services to people of all ages. We also offer a dedicated service for people aged 24 and under on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

Brook Blackburn

Address: 54-56 Darwen Street, Blackburn, BB2 2BL

Opening times:
Monday, 12-6.30pm
Tuesday, open (hours TBC)
Wednesday, 12-6pm
Thursday, open (hours TBC)
Friday, 12-5.30pm
Saturday, 10.30am-2.30pm

Contact: 01254 268 700 / info.blackburn@brook.org.uk

Visit the Brook Blackburn website

Accessibility at Brook Blackburn

Our clinic has wheelchair access and interpretation services. Please call us on 01254 268 700 for more information.

Stay up-to-date

For regular updates on services, contacts, guidance, information and training around Sexual Health and Wellbeing, mental and emotional health and wellbeing go to Facebook @brookcharitylancashire.

Tell us what you think

If you have any concerns or comments about Brook in Blackburn please email our complaints manager vashti.marriott@brook.org.uk or fill in a client feedback card in clinic.

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