Family planning


Harrow contraceptive service was established in 1978 and has a national reputation for innovation and training.

A specialist group of doctors and nurses provide an open access service six days a week and are based at Caryl Thomas clinic, Alexandra Avenue clinic, and satellite outreach clinics across the boroughs of Brent and Harrow.

The service specialises in both everyday contraception and increasingly more complex cases reflecting the changing sexual and reproductive health needs of the diverse population. The service offers a full range of contraception including Implanon, IUD and IUS fitting and removal. Our open access policy means we aim to see all clients within 24 hours.

The development of the innovative outreach young people's service has gained both local and national recognition. This nurse-led service provides local clinics and provides a ‘link’, enabling a more co-ordinated and seamless service for young people, especially more vulnerable groups, and has been instrumental in reducing the teenage pregnancy rate.

Description of service

We offer the following services:

  • Contraception
  • Open access for condom provision
  • Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Teenage clinics with ready access to specialist counselling
  • Cervical smear tests and breast awareness
  • Abortion counselling and referral
  • Menorrhagia management
  • Psychosexual counselling
  • Pre-conceptual care and advice
  • Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea screening (under 25's only)

Our opening times


9.15am – 12.30pm appointments only and IUD session

1.30 – 7.00pm under 25s only, walk-in


9.15am – 12.30pm appointments only -iImplant session

1.30 – 7pm walk-in


9.15am – 12.30pm appointments only

1.30 – 7pm walk-in


9.15am – 12.30pm appointments only

1.30 – 7pm walk-in


9.15am – 12.30pm appointments only

1.30 – 4.30pm walk-in

Saturday: Sessions held at Alexandra Avenue Clinic

10am – 12.30pm Walk-in (limited capacity only)


Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals

Caryl Thomas Clinic, Headstone Drive, Wealdstone, HA1 4UQ

Alexandra Avenue Clinic, 275 Alexandra Avenue, South Harrow, HA2 9DX


  • Family planning appointment line
    020 8863 7004 Monday to Friday; 020 8966 6436 on Saturdays from 10am to 12.30pm only

Consultants and other key staff

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