With Coronavirus affecting the whole country, Spectrum remains committed to ensuring the safety of our patients, service users and staff, and the communities in which we work, whilst keeping our essential services running.


Sexual Health Services

Across our sexual health services, Spectrum has temporarily suspended Walk-In Clinics and introduced telephone consultations to replace most face-to-face contact with patients, reducing the risk of possible COVID-19 transmission. We are also facilitating postal STI testing where possible and ensuring that patients living with HIV are still able to access their prescribed medication.

During this period, please do not come into clinic, even for pre-booked appointments. All appointments will now be taken by telephone. If a face-to-face appointment is necessary (e.g. if you are displaying STI symptoms), please call your local clinic as soon as possible and we will arrange further support for you.

For more information regarding sexual health advice, contraception and much more throughout COVID-19 take a look here.

Substance Misuse Services

In our substance misuse services, Spectrum staff in South Tyneside, Durham and North Yorkshire are also limiting face-to-face contact by providing telephone appointments and striving to ensure continued access to care and prescribed medication.

In York and Wakefield, our Practitioners are also offering telephone appointments, adjusting prescriptions for service users who may be self-isolating and urging anyone in a vulnerable or ‘at risk’ group for coronavirus not to come into clinic.

To find out more, please contact your local service directly:

Keep updated

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We can all play a part in reducing the impact of the coronavirus. Remember to:

  • Keep updated with the latest official guidance on coronavirus
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, particularly after handling food and travelling on public transport
  • Follow guidelines on social distancing – staying at home where possible, maintaining a 2m distance from others in public and avoiding unnecessary social contact such as hand-shaking
  • If you experience a persistent cough and a high temperature (fever), you must self-isolate