Archway Centre for Sexual Health and Contraceptive Care

681-689 Holloway Road
Archway, London, N19 5SE
United Kingdom

020 3317 5252

Archway Centre is a sexual and reproductive health (GUM) clinic offering a range of free, confidential services, including contraceptive services and STI and HIV testing.

The centre offers services to men and women, as well as young people aged under 20.

Quick Check Testing Service

Available for men and women who have no symptoms and wish to have a check up for sexually transmitted infections .

You can walk in for Quick Check during the following hours: 

Monday 10am-5.30pm
Tuesday 10am-5.30pm
Wednesday 1pm-5.30pm
Thursday 10am-5.30pm
Friday 10am-2pm

Quick Check is also available by appointment please call 020 3317 5252

If you have any symptoms and it is identified that you need to see a doctor or a nurse then you may need to re-book.

HIV testing service

Our HIV testing service is quick and easy, and there is no need to make an appointment, just walk in. We also provide post-exposure prophylaxis for sexual exposure to HIV (PEPSE); please call us or walk in to the centre as soon as possible after exposure.

We also offer the Bridge Service, which helps people with learning disabilities to access sexual health services and fast-track STI testing (see below).

Clinic times

Telephone the clinic to make an appointment for sexual health or contraceptive services. You can just walk in for an HIV test.
Monday 09:00-18:15
Tuesday 09:00-18:15
Wednesday 13:30-18:15
Thursday 09:00-19:15
Friday 09:00-15:15
Saturday 09:00-11:00 (contraception only) 

Christmas times

Monday 21 December 0900-1800 
Tuesday 22 December 0900-1800 
Wednesday 23 December 0900-1800
Thursday 24 December 0900-1200
Friday 25 December CLOSED
Saturday 26 December CLOSED
Monday 28 December CLOSED
Tuesday 29 December 0900-1600
Wednesday 30 December 0900-1600
Thursday 31 December 0900-1200
Friday 1 January CLOSED
Saturday 2 January 0900-1100 (booked contraception appointments)

Fast-track STI testing

Our fast-track service does just what it says! Rapid tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) mean that you can be out of the clinic in as little as 15 minutes.

The service is for men and women who would like a routine checkup (that is, who do not have any symptoms) and would only like to be tested for STIs. Appointments are available to book at the Archway Centre, Margaret Pyke Centre and Mortimer Market Centre.

A fast-track appointment includes testing for:

  • Chlamydia and gonorrhoea
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis (if indicated)

You will be offered all tests suitable to someone without symptoms.

After you complete a self-assessment, a healthcare support worker will check and process the following tests: a urine test for men, a self-taken vaginal swab for women, a blood test and an instant HIV-test result. You will not be seen by a doctor or nurse.

If your test results are negative we will send them to you by text message within seven days. If you have an infection or we need to repeat one of your tests or obtain further information from you, we will phone you to arrange for you to return for treatment.

Please use one of our other services if you:

You may need to wait or be asked to make another appointment to see a nurse or doctor if you:

  • Have been in contact with someone who has an infection
  • Wish to discuss any worries or concerns about your health
  • Require contraception or a pregnancy test

Young person’s sexual health clinic (under 20s)

Our sexual health clinic for young people (aged under 20) provides a full range of sexual health and contraception services.

Clinic times

You don’t need to make an appointment, but spaces are limited.
Monday 15:00-16:30
Tuesday 15:00-16:30
Wednesday 15:00-16:30
Thursday 15:00-16:30

Make an appointment

To make an appointment, phone 020 3317 5252. If you think you need to be seen urgently, please discuss this with the receptionist.

No appointment is necessary if:

  • You need emergency contraception
  • You need post-exposure prophylaxis for sexual exposure to HIV (PEPSE)
  • You have been sexually assaulted
  • You are aged under 16 years

Transport information

Bus: C11, W5, 4, 10, 17, 41, 43, 134, 135, 143, 210, 263, 271
Rail: Upper Holloway
Tube: Archway (Northern Line)
Parking: parking meters nearby (limited to two hours; appointment times may be 60-90 minutes)

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