A new dedicated sexual health clinic will be opening its doors in Stafford from Monday September 5, following relocation from the town’s County Hospital.
The new dedicated service, to be delivered by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) on behalf of Staffordshire County Council, will open on September 5 at its new home in the Civic Centre, Stafford.
The new central location will provide access to emergency contraception, sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and treatment, and advice and referrals from an on-site health specialist.
Existing medical services including podiatry and dentistry will continue to be available at the centre.
The move is part of the county council’s approach to reshaping services to improve the county’s sexual health by making sexual health services more accessible and speeding up how quickly people get the help they need.
County Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing said:
“The Civic Centre in Stafford is already giving patients convenient access to some medical services, and this new clinic is an important extension to this. By being in a more central location, it means that the clinic is easy for people to pop in if they need advice, support and even screening and treatment.”
Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health at Stafford Borough Council, said:
“The Civic Centre has been successfully providing patients with easy, convenient and quick access to a range of medical services for some time.
“Adding this new service brings together all the medical support available under one roof in a modern, welcoming environment.”
Carolyn Gavin, Clinical Director Specialist & Family Services, SSSFT said:
“We are very excited as a service about the proposed move to the Civic Centre. This provides us with the opportunity to upgrade our GUM suite and by being in the heart of the town this will improve accessibility to the clinic.”
People can also access emergency contraception and advice at a number of pharmacies in Stafford but must contact the pharmacy prior to attendance to ensure a qualified member of staff is available.