‘One stop shops’ for sexual health advice

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A shake-up of sexual health services in Sheffield is getting under way next week.

From Monday, two new ‘one stop shops’ will be up and running at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and the central sexual health clinic on Mulberry Street in the city centre, under the banner Sexual Health Sheffield.

The centres will both dispense contraception advice and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.

At the Hallamshire, people will need to book an appointment, while the central clinic will offer a walk-in service until 7pm.

Kirsty Ellis, a matron at the redesigned Sexual Health Sheffield service, said the facilities were now ‘more convenient for patients’.

“We are always looking for ways we can improve our services,” she added.

The Hallamshire’s former GUM clinic previously only provided treatment for infections.

Dr Christine Bowman, consultant in genito-urinary medicine, said: “We want to break down the stigma attached to sexual health and make going for a check up as routine as possible.

“The easier we make it for people to get advice and treatment the more comfortable people will feel about looking after their sexual health.”

Dr Bowman continued: “We are also exploring what services we can offer in community settings to make it as convenient as possible for people to access the information or support they need.”

Call 0114 305 4000 for appointments relating to contraception.

To see someone about a sexually transmitted infection call 0114 271 3528, and for general enquiries call 0114 305 4016.

Visit www.sexualhealthsheffield.nhs.uk for more details.