17 February 2014
Warrington Centre for Sexual Health, based at Bath Street Health and Wellbeing Centre, was officially launched on Friday 14 February with a celebration event attended by Mayor Cllr Peter Carey and Warrington Wolves players Brad Dwyer and Matthew Russell.
Bridgewater’s Sexual Health Manager Janine Percival, Wolves player Brad Dwyer, Mayor Cllr Peter Carey, Wolves player Matthew Russell and Bridgewater’s Clinical Director Pippa Brough.
Members of the public were also invited to the event to find out more about the new service and get information on sexual health issues. They were also challenged to put their sexual health knowledge to the test in a fun quiz and they got the opportunity to enter a raffle to win prizes including a tablet computer and Warrington Wolves tickets.
The free and confidential new service is provided by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust (Bridgewater) in partnership with Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Public Health at Warrington Council. The service will enable local people to access a wide range of sexual health services under one roof in the town centre as well as in other convenient locations across Warrington.
Bridgewater’s Clinical Director Pippa Brough welcomed the Mayor and Wolves players to the event along with Director of Public Health Rita Robertson and Dr Debashis Mandal from Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Pippa said:
“We were delighted to welcome the Mayor, Warrington Wolves players Brad Dwyer and Matthew Russell and members of the public to Bath Street Health and Wellbeing Centre to launch Warrington Centre for Sexual Health.
“Our friendly and approachable staff will be providing a range of services including full sexual health screenings, information on contraception, pregnancy testing and advice and cervical screenings (smear tests) as well as specialist provision on issues such as psychosexual therapy, abortion, HIV and natural family planning.
“We are also determined to support local people in the borough with sexual health issues. As a result we are launching a fast track Chlamydia testing scheme for under 25s and continuing the successful C Card scheme which enables 19s to sign up for sexual health advice and access to free condoms at a number of venues across the town displaying the C Card sign. The service also has links into Warrington’s Youth Advice Shop which provides sexual health advice for under 19s.”
Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member for health and wellbeing, Cllr Pat Wright added:
“This centre represents a valuable development in the provision of sexual health services in Warrington. It offers a comprehensive range of services in a convenient central location. It’s really important that we continue to stamp out the stigma surrounding sexual health services, and providing a one-stop shop in an accessible location with friendly and approachable staff is a great way to encourage people to look after their sexual health.”
Warrington Centre for Sexual Centre is based at Bath Street Health and Wellbeing Centre, Legh Street, Warrington, WA1 1UG.
To make an appointment at the centre please call 01925 644202 or visit www.warringtonsexualhealth.nhs.uk to find out more about the range of help and support on offer.