Sexual Health Centre, Cork

The Sexual Health Centre has been involved in the field of Sexual Health since 1987. We provide sexual health promotion and support services.  These include Crisis Pregnancy Counselling, pregnancy testing, post abortion medical checkups, sex education in schools, drop in sexual health advise, condoms, HIV support, peer education training, parents courses and support and inter active website. 

Location:  The Sexual Health Centre is based in:
16 Peter Street,
Cork City. (Near Mercy Hospital)

Opening Hours

How to make an appointment:  To make an appointment call (021) 4276676 and (021) 4275837.  Phonelines are opened from Monday to Friday 9-5pm.  If you call outside these hours, your call may not be answered, but you can leave a message and your telephone number and someone will call you back.  You can normally expect to get an appointment within 3 working days. 
Out of hours appointments can be made by telephoning the numbers above.

How to get here: There is a map on the website  The SHC is located off Grattan Street (there is a signpost at the top of the street) and behind the Mercy Hospital.  On street parking can be difficult but there is public parking in the Dunne's Stores car park on North Main Street or at the River Lee Hotel. 

When you get here: When you arrive at the SHC, you enter reception by pressing the buzzer on the door.  Visitors always comment on the lovely reception area and the warm atmosphere of the counselling room.  There are photographs on the SHC website.  If you have made a counselling appointment already you can say you have an appointment with Irene.  There is no need to give your name to the receptionist.  You will either be taken into the counselling room directly or given a seat in the waiting area, one part of which is in the main reception area and another part of which is very private.  SHC has many visitors for many different reasons and nobody will know why any particular visitor is there.  The maximum waiting time will be about 15 minutes in the rare situation where the counsellor is running late with a client.  But usually there is no waiting time.  It is possible to drop in and see if the service can be accessed without an appointment.  This will be facilitated if the counsellor is available at that time.  Otherwise, an appointment will be made. 

Who can attend: You may bring a partner, a friend or a family member with you.   Counselling is also available to them if it is needed. 

Who provides the counselling: Counselling is provided by Irene Kidd Murphy, a professionally trained counsellor who has been with the service for over 8 years and Nollaig Dunphy, a professionally qualified counsellor who has recently joined the service.  
Post-abortion medical check-up:    Free post abortion medical check-ups are provided free of charge by appointment with a doctor at the sexual health centre.  It is advisable to have a post-abortion medical check-up two weeks after an abortion to make sure that you have fully recovered. 

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