About Us

​The clinic (GUM) offers a free and confidential service to both self-referred patients and patients referred by their doctor. We operate a walk in service at St Helens Hospital, so no appointment is needed.

 Opening Times

​Monday                ​9am - 6.30pm
​Tuesday               ​9am - 12noon
​Wednesday         ​9am - 3.30pm
​Thursday             ​12noon - 6.30pm
​Friday                   ​9am - 11.30am

Our services Include

  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • Rapid HIV testing (30 minutes)
  • Treatment and care of people with HIV
  • Emergency contraception
  • Hepatitis B vaccinations
  • Free condoms and lubrication

HIV Services

The sexual health clinic at St Helens Hospital has an experienced team of doctors and nurses who offer management, monitoring and care of patients with a HIV positive diagnosis. We ensure that we not only offer medical care, but also consider the social and emotional welfare of each person.

The clinic is supported by Sahir House from Liverpool. A support worker from Sahir house will be in the clinic alternate weeks for patients to drop in and discuss a whole range of issues.

We are able to accept patients from outside the area. If you wish to transfer your care to us we would welcome an informal chat.

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Senior Team Members

Stuart Dobson – Directorate Manager
Dr Esti Acha – Clinical Director
Gary Barker – Speciality Lead Nurse


Dr Dawn Friday
Dr Mas Chaponda
Dr Mike Beadsworth
Dr Ravi Gokhale

Specialty Doctors

Dr Farkhanda Akhtar
Dr Nurul Annuar
Dr Shalini Tandon 

Practice Development Nurse

Lesley Boyes

Sexual Health Nurses

Anne Ireland
Kay Rimmer
Carmel Basley
Gillian Woods
Janet McKiernan
Linda Pilkington
Amanda Taylor
Abbie Bateman ​

Healthcare Assistants

Michelle Hefferon
Marie Murphy

​Admin Team

Caroline Dowling – Secretary / PA
Andrea Hart – Clinic  Coordinator
Diane Heron – Receptionist
Sam Fairhurst – Receptionist
Nicola Barwood  - Receptionist

The clinic works closely with Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) who manages the chlamydia screening service. 
The THT Team are:

Dawn Conneely – Service Manager
Lou Fishwick – Results officer
Alex Kay - Outreach Coordinator

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​St Helens  Lower Ground Floor, Orange Zone 

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Contact Us

You can contact the clinic on 01744 646 473 or email

For contraception you can visit our community sexual health clinics, for details on locations please call 0845 155 0156

For rapid HIV test contact the Health Advisors on 01744 646 482

Whiston A&E 0151 430 1313

Terrence Higgins Trust 0845 12 12 200

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Other Information

Relevant websites

For more advice on sexual health visit

For  more information on PEP and for an online assessment tool visit 

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Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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