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Sexual Health

Cervical Smear Test

If you are sexually active or have been in the past, then you will be offered a Cervical Smear Test (Pap Smear). In Scotland, we currently offer smear testing to Women from the age of 25 – 64. This is a very simple test which can be done by the Practice Nurse at the Surgery. Read more about having a smear test.

You will be sent an invitation to make an appointment to attend for a smear test. The smear test checks for abnormalities of the cervix which can be easily and effectively treated. The cervical smear programme has saved many thousands of women from Cervical Cancer.

If you have never been sexually active you will not need to have a smear test. You will, however, still be sent an invitation. Please reply to your invitation and inform the surgery that you do not require a smear test. This will prevent us writing to you again unnecessarily.

Contraceptive Services

Information about all methods of contraception can be discussed with our Practice Nurses at a routine appointment. Read more about your contraceptive options at

The practice offers advice on all methods of contraception and can carry out insertion of Coils (IUS & IUD) and Contraceptive Implants. Coils are fitted by Dr Birney and Dr Graham and Implants by Dr Birney, Dr Burgess, Dr Graham and Dr Haldane; a 10 minute telephone appointment with the relevant doctor is the best way to learn more about whether one of these particular methods would suit you.

Pregnancy testing and Emergency Contraception can be arranged if required. These services are also available at any of the Pharmacies in St Andrews by speaking to the Pharmacist.

All contraceptive services in Scotland are free of charge.

Contraception & Sexual Health Clinics

There is an NHS run Sexual Health Clinic for students at St Andrews Community Hospital on a Friday afternoon between 1.30pm and 5pm during term time and is an appointment-only clinic.  To make an appointment please telephone the Student Health Hub on 01334 465777 between 8:30am – 4:00pm, Monday to Friday or 01592 647979 between 8.30am – 1.30pm Monday to Friday.

In addition there is an NHS run Sexual Health Clinic for the general public at St Andrews Community Hospital on a Friday between 9am and 12.30pm and is an appointment-only clinic.  To make an appointment please telephone  01592 647979 between 8.30am – 1.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Both clinics are located within Outpatients which is next door to the Student Health Hub.

Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)

See link on the left.


If you find yourself unexpectedly pregnant please make an appointment with one of the GPs to discuss your options in confidence.
Read more about Sexual Health.