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Sexual health advice when you need it


12:22pm 14th April 2011

Family planning and sexual health services provided at Monkgate Health Centre in York are today merging to become a ‘one stop shop’ in a bid to make services more accessible to local people.

The change follows lengthy consultation with service users which highlighted that family planning and sexual health services, which are currently provided from different clinics and at different times, would be better rolled-into a combined service allowing both to be accessed in a single visit if required.

Virginia Smith, Matron for Sexual Health at York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We continually strive to make improvements to our services and this change is a direct result of feedback from our service users.

“It’s common for someone accessing family planning services to also require sexual health services and vice-versa, so having to make two separate trips was an obvious inconvenience for people. We are confident that our new ‘Yorclinic’ will ensure people can receive the advice and treatment they require as quickly as possible.”

To coincide with the opening of the new service, a new website here has also been launched which includes details of sexual health services across North Yorkshire and York as well as advice and information on a range of sexual health issues such as contraception, sexually transmitted infections and safe sex. Under 25’s can even use the website to request a postal Chlamydia test.

Matron Smith continued:

“We’ve been working closely with young people to ensure information about sexual health services in their area is easy to find. Our work highlighted that a lot of people were unsure about where their local sexual health service was and didn’t know how to find out.

“The vast majority said they would typically access information online and hence why we’ve developed this new website.”

To help raise awareness of the website a tongue-in-cheek viral game is set to penetrate in-boxes across the county. The game, called ‘Fanny & Jonny’s Big Night Out’, can be played here

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