Family Planning Services (NHS Western Isles)

Family planning services offer free contraception and family planning advice to those living and working within the Western Isles. Family planning and sexual health appointments can be booked at any GP Practice, even if it is not at your own regular GP Practice. Simply request a sexual health appointment when booking an appointment.

A Family Planning Clinic is available on an appointment basis and held every Monday (2pm-5pm), Wednesday (9am-1pm) and Thursday (9am-1pm) at the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway. To book your appointment tel. 708305.

Free contraceptives are available from GP Surgeries (even if it is not your own GP), Hospitals, Health Information & Resources Service (HIRS), and Health Promotion Departments.

In the Uists and Barra, family planning services are provided by GP Practices.

NOTE. Family planning and sexual health appointments can be booked at any GP Practice, even if it is not at your own regular GP Practice.

Services Offered

  • Contraception
  • Fertility
  • Gynaecology
  • Sexual Health

CONDOMS AND LUBRICANT: Free condoms and lubricant gel are provided by NHS Western Isles and are available from a number of locations.

These include:

  • GP Surgeries throughout the Western Isles

  • Pointers Youth Cafe (Stornoway)

  • Health Promotion (Stornoway and Benbecula)

No appointment is necessary and items can be collected as and when required. Condoms and lubricant gel can also be posted out discreetly from the Health Promotion service on request. Simply telephone (01851) 762017.

PREGNANCY TESTING KITS: These are available free of charge for confidential post or by collection from the Health Promotion service by telephoning (01851) 762017, or Health Promotion (Uists) (01870) 603156.

Emergency contraception can be obtained free of charge from local Emergency Departments, all pharmacists, or dispensing GP Practices. Emergency oral contraception can be taken up to 72 hours of having unprotected sex, but it is more effective the sooner it is taken. However, between 72hrs and 120hrs (5 days) a copper coil can be inserted for emergency contraception.

Opening times

Normal opening times

14:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 13:00
09:00 - 13:00

Contact details

Lewis & Harris Area
01851 708 305
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Western Isles Hospital
Macaulay Road

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Last Updated: 04/04/2022

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