Chalmers Centre

Chalmers Hospital
2a Chalmers Street
Telephone: 0131 536 1070

NHS Lothian’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Service (formerly Family Planning and Well Woman services and the Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) department) now operates from the Chalmers Sexual Health Centre.​ 

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The Centre is located on the corner of Lauriston Place and Chalmers Street and is open Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 8.00pm and Friday from 8.30am to 4.00pm.

For appointments and advice call 0131 536 1070 or visit for more information.

 If you have symptoms or you feel that the problem is urgent and can't wait, our walk-in clinic is open 08.30am - 10.00am Monday to Friday.

Our services

 A range of services are available at the Chalmers Centre including:

  • Contraception - advice and supplies
  • Emergency contraception
  • Free condoms
  • STI testing and treatment
  • HIV including Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Referral for termination of pregnancy
  • Community gynaecology
  • Menopause and Premenstrual syndrome
  • Gay men's clinics
  • Colposcopy
  • Young people's clinics
  • Advice on sexual problems
  • Support following sexual assault
For more information visit the NHS Lothian Sexual Health website at:

The Building

The original Chalmers Hospital has been retained but previous additions have been demolished to make way for a new extension - creating a new facility designed especially to meet the needs of patients attending the sexual and reproductive health service.

The new building is connected to the original hospital by an 'atrium' space providing a light and airy atmosphere. A new entrance has also been constructed from Chalmers Street.

Chalmers Hospital History

  • 1836 George Chalmers, plumber and Edinburgh Burgess dies leaving the residue of his estate for the purpose of founding a new Infirmary or Sick and Hurt Hospital.
  • 1860 building of 48 bedded, four ward hospital begins
  • 1872 upper wards opened to patients who could pay 3/- per day
  • 1939 Hospital requisitioned for civilian casualties
  • 1948 NHS introduced and payment for beds stops
  • 1948 Hospital managed by South East Regional Hospital Board
  • 2009 Hospital finally closes its doors to all patients
  • 2011 New Chalmers centre for sexual health will open


Last Reviewed: 26/04/2012