In response to the ongoing pressures on NHS services caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19) temporary changes to sexual health services are necessary. The following apply from Monday 23rd March 2020.

  • If you would like to discuss testing please call 0141 211 8130.
  • All Steve Retson Project appointments and drop in testing clinics are suspended.
  • People already taking PrEP will still be given return appointments. 
  • No new appointments can be made online until further notice.

If you require Sandyford services for an urgent review please call 0141 211 8130. Online booking is currently not available. We are committed to providing safe and effective patient care during this time.

You must have an appointment to come into a Sandyford clinic. There is no walk in service at present. If you think you need a Sandyford service please call before attending. A nurse will ask you questions and give you an appointment if required. Please do not bring anyone, for example friends, partners or family members with you to your appointment. They will be asked to wait to wait outside the building.

Please click here for more information on the temporary changes to Sandyford services and locations.


Attending the Steve Retson Project



You can book, cancel or reschedule some types of appointment using our online booking system.

Online booking is currently available for sexual health testing and PrEP only. As the system is further developed we will make more of our services available to book online. 


If you do not want to book online, or the type of appointment you are looking for is not yet available for online booking please call us on 0141 211 8130. The phone line is open Mondays to Fridays from 8.30am - 4.15pm, except public holidays. Our phones are busiest in the morning. If you can’t get through when you first call please try again later.

When you call for an appointment our operators can put you through to an experienced sexual health nurse, if necessary. The nurse will ask a few questions to find out the type of service you require and discuss the various options with you.  

Drop In

Our community clinics are run on a drop in, first come first serve, basis and you do not need an appointment to attend. Where a clinic is drop in we will make it clear that you do not need an appointment to attend.  

Communicating with you

Steve Retson Project and Sandyford will only send you text messages from the account 'NHS No Reply' and we will never ask you for any personal or medical details by text message. Please keep this in mind when replying to any text from us. For more information on getting your results, click here.

What we offer

Steve Retson Project is a specialist service where gay and bisexual men and all men who have sex with men can access free and confidential sexual health services and you can make an appointment without attending your GP. 

If you are sexually active it is a good idea to get a sexual health check up every 6 months or more often if you’ve had sex without using a condom.

HIV and some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) don't have obvious symptoms and the only way to know is to get tested. Anyone who has sex (oral or anal), regardless of gender, age or sexual orientation, can have an STI. Most STIs can be easily tested through a urine sample, a swab, or in some cases a blood test, and can be easily treated. 

The Steve Retson Project clinics provide a range of accessible sexual and emotional health services that are supportive, non-judgmental sensitive and confidential. 

We provide:

  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV
  • Rapid HIV finger prick testing at the Thursday evening drop-in clinic at The Riding Room with results in 60 seconds
  • Vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B & HPV.
  • Specialist advice and support on sex, relationships, reducing HIV risk, and sexual health
  • Free condoms and lube
  • PrEP (Pre-exposure prophlyaxis)
  • PEP (Post exposure prophylaxis for sexual exposure to HIV) Counselling.