Public Health - Living Well

Sexual Health & Health Protection

Sexual Health

Services to support your sexual health are available from your GP, most Island pharmacies and Solent NHS Trust, based at St Mary’s Hospital. Information on STIs, pregnancy worries or contraception can be found on the  NHS website Let's Talk about it

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs):

If you feel you need to be seen by a professional please telephone 0300 300 2016. You will be triaged (allocated) for either a telephone assessment or face to face appointment.

If you have had unprotected sex and think that you may have put yourself at risk of a sexually transmitted infection you can obtain a free online test kit by visiting NHS website Let's Talk about it: order a test online.


All methods of contraception are free and can be obtained from your GP. They provide free and confidential advice including a range of contraceptive methods; emergency contraception, contraceptive pills, injections, coils, implants. If you would like to find out more about each method of contraception  please visit the online NHS contraception guide 

Emergency contraception (morning after pill) is available free of charge from most Island pharmacies, your GP and the Sexual Health clinic.  The service is confidential and available to women of all ages including young people under 16 years old.  

Emergency contraception is most effective if taken within 72 hours (3 days). However, depending on type of emergency contraception it can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex. 

If it has been more than five days please contact the sexual health clinic to discuss your options by telephoning: 0300 300 2016.


Apart from clean water, vaccination is the most important public health intervention in the world. Find out more on this by watching this NHS Choices video on vaccinations.

On the Isle of Wight, there are lots of health professionals who are involved in vaccination. They include: practice nurses, midwives, health visitors, school nurses, and community pharmacists. You can speak to them for advice relating to vaccinations that you should have based on your age and risk factors that make you more susceptible to preventable infections such as medical history, occupation, or your travel plans.

For more information about Immunisation, we recommend you visit the NHS Choices website


Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) 2018-2021

The Isle of Wight Health and Wellbeing Board is under a statutory obligation to draft, consult upon and publish a pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA). A PNA is a statement of current pharmaceutical services provided in the local area and is revised every three years. It also assesses whether or not this provision is satisfactory for the local population and additionally identifies any perceived gaps. Once published, the PNA will be used by NHS England to assist in responding to applications for the opening of additional pharmacies, relocation of premises and amendments to opening hours or pharmaceutical services.

The PNA 2018-2021 has been consulted on and is now published.

To view the PNA 2018-2021 (PDF, 1.73MB, 63 pages).

To view the related Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) (PDF, 259KB, 11 pages).


Emergency Management: View our Service information

The Public Heath Team work with Emergency management to co-produce policies for the council which include cold weather, heatwave and Pandemic flu plans. These aim to coordinate system-wide response to minimise the adverse health impact of the Island’s population.