Trafford Sexual Health Services has had a successful first year welcoming over 17,500 patients through its doors.
The free and confidential service, based at Urmston Clinic, was set up in September 2013 to provide an innovative one stop solution for sexual health services in the borough. It is run by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust (Bridgewater) in partnership with Trafford Council.
In the past 12 months it has issued over 6,000 methods of contraception, screened over 11,000 patients for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and carried out 280 smears tests.
Sharon Lindley, Service Manager for Bridgewater said:
“We are delighted to have helped so many people who live and work in Trafford over the past year. Our friendly and approachable staff offer a non-judgemental service in a range of locations across the borough. We realise it can be daunting visiting our service for the first time but we welcome anyone, regardless of their age, gender or sexuality, to visit us who has a sexual health need or concern. We can offer them support for a variety of sexual health issues at Urmston Clinic as well as contraception advice and support at a number of other clinics in the borough.”
Services on offer at Urmston Clinic include STI testing and treatment, HIV testing and advice, access to contraception (including emergency contraception), pregnancy advice, smear testing and counselling. A walk-in service is available from Monday to Friday 8.00am to 11.30am and appointments can be made for Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
Contraception services are also available at a range of clinics and health centres across the borough including Chapel Road Health Centre in Sale, Partington Health Centre, Seymour Grove Health Centre and Timperley Health Centre, as well as under 19s services at Talkshop in Trafford and Trafford College.