From 1 April 2017, all sexual health advice, testing, treatment and contraceptive services in Rotherham will be available from one central location at Rotherham Hospital with outreach services delivered in community venues. Sexual health and contraception services previously provided at Rotherham Community Health Centre will now be delivered from Rotherham Hospital.
The service provides confidential advice, testing and free treatment of sexually transmitted infections and HIV, as well as a full range of contraception.
Dr Nadi Gupta, Lead Consultant for Rotherham’s Integrated Sexual Health Services explains: “Services were delivered over two sites so patients were travelling between them for appointments. We talked with patients and colleagues about the way forward and as a result we decided to move the services together at the hospital and operate a 7-day service. In addition, there will be a range of community based youth clinics including some based in the town centre. We will be working in partnership with Yorkshire MESMAC, a multi-award winning sexual health charity to enable us to optimise engagement with vulnerable people in the community. With these changes we can offer a more comprehensive service to people in Rotherham.”
Chair of the Rotherham Sexual Health Strategy Group and Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Councillor David Roche, said: “I’m very pleased that this newly integrated service will provide even better support than before to our local residents with their sexual health needs. The improved service will also be extended within community settings throughout the borough, such as community centres, by working with voluntary sector organisations. This will allow even more access to our highly experienced staff, offering a more highly integrated service in our friendly, non-judgmental settings.”
The confidential service will be available, at the hospital on C Level, Junction 3, seven days a week:
• Monday - Thursday: 9am-8pm
• Friday: 9am-5pm
• Saturday: 10am-2pm
• Sunday: 11am-2pm
A range of community based youth clinics are also provided at the following times and locations:
• Wath Comprehensive School: Monday 12.30-1.30pm
• JADE Young Person's Centre, Dinnington: Monday 3-5pm
• Dearne Valley College: Tuesday 11.45am-1.30pm
• Sexwise, Eric Manns Building: Tuesday 3-5pm
• Swinton Comprehensive School: Wednesday 3-5pm
• Rawmarsh Community School: Thursday 3-5pm
• Maltby Linx Youth Centre: Thursday 3-5pm
For further information or to book an appointment contact 01709 427777. You can also visit our website http://www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/sexualhealth/
Find out more about MESMAC www.mesmac.co.uk
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or 01709 426207. Out of hours or at weekends, contact the main switchboard on 01709 820000 and ask for the on-call duty manager.
Notes to editors
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is a modern, progressive Trust, with a reputation for clinical excellence and efficiency and serving a diverse community of over 257,000 people. Over 4,200 staff work for us including at sites such as the Rotherham Hospital site, situated just two miles south of Rotherham town centre, six miles from Sheffield and close to Doncaster and offers services from community services across Rotherham including Rotherham Community Health Centre, close to the town centre.