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Protecting your health

Discover services available to protect you against disease, infection and illness.

Published: 7 December 2020

Last updated: 8 February 2021

Sexual health

Sexual health is a key part of your physical, mental and social wellbeing. Whether you’re in a relationship, don’t have a regular partner, or are not currently having sex, taking care of your sexual health is vital.

Advice and information

SASH (Support and Advice on Sexual Health) supports residents to improve behaviours, attitudes, and knowledge around reproductive and sexual health.

The partnership also works closely with community reproductive health, contraception, STI screening and HIV treatment to ensure services are accessible and responsive to residents.

Sexually transmitted infections (STI's)

Regular STI testing is crucial, regardless of whether you’re experiencing symptoms or not. If you are experiencing STI symptoms, would like information, explore contraception options, or want to test for HIV, you can visit our Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) services which are available across the borough.

If you are not experiencing symptoms of an STI, Sexual Health London (SHL) provides free and easy access to sexual health testing via the internet and local venues. 

Freedoms Shop

The Freedoms Shop is available to all residents.

It's dedicated to helping you have safer sex by stocking a huge range of high quality condoms and lubricants, as well as testing and sampling kits.        

Immunisations

Immunisations or vaccinations are given to help prevent people getting certain diseases.

It’s important to make sure you and your children have your routine vaccinations delivered on time to protect against certain diseases.

Visit NHS to find out more.

Flu jabs

Learn about immunisation against influenza, including who is at risk, and where and when to get the vaccine. 

NHS health checks

An NHS Health Check is a sophisticated check of your heart health aimed at adults aged 40 to 74.

The check involves measuring your:

  • blood pressure
  • pulse
  • height
  • weight

It also involves asking you some lifestyle questions, to see if there’s more you can do to look after your health. 

Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where the body is unable to regulate sugar levels in the blood and that causes the blood sugar level to become too high. This can cause further problems in the body.

If you have diabetes, there are steps you can take to regulate your sugar levels and live a healthier life.

If you would like more information, already have diabetes, or want to share your experiences with others then visit Know Diabetes.

Cancer screening

Diagnosing cancer early can make all the difference.

Free cancer screening for certain types of cancer is available on the NHS for some people. Visit the NHS website to find out more.