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Sexual health clinics shut down across Surrey

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Sexual health clinics shut down across Surrey

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:07am 3rd April 2017.

Sexual health services in Surrey have been drastically cut back - with only three centres remaining open.

Last Friday (March 31), 15 were shut down across the county - after Surrey County Council awarded the contract to the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

The three centres still operating are the Buryfields Sexual Health Clinic in Guildford, the Woking Sexual Health Clnic and the Earnsdale Sexual Health Clinic in Redhill.

The Trust says the opening times of these clinics remain unchanged - and will be extended further over the year.

The clinics that are now closed include: 

• Jarvis Centre

• Leatherhead Hospital Clinic

• Epsom Clinic

• Cobham Clinic

• Dorking Hospital Clinic

• Horley Young Peoples Centre Clinic

• Caterham Dene Hospital Clinic

• Oxted Therapies Unit Clinic

• Weybridge Community Hospital Clinic

• Walton Health Centre Clinic

• Staines Health Centre Clinic

• St David’s Health and Community Centre Clinic

• Sunbury Health Centre Clinic

• Molesey Clinic

• Camberley Clinic

The Trust says they are being replaced by their Outreach services -  it is advising people who have been using the clinics to telephone 01483 783340 for information on accessing the new services.

It says services will be delivered in a modern way, using, among other things, phone technology, online resources and home testing kits.

In a statement, it says: “CNWL is very pleased to have been awarded the new contract to deliver sexual health and HIV services in Surrey to the standard the County Council require - high quality care, support, treatment and advice to patients; delivered in a modern way, using phone technology, as well as specialist services with longer opening times and outreach. 

"Over the first year of the new services residents will experience some positive changes like having both GUM and contraceptive services at the same clinic and as far as possible within one visit.

"CNWL will also continue to deliver the existing Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea and outreach services and again over the year the scope and reach of these services will be extended further.

"Outreach uses our 'Clinic in a Box’;  a range of sexual health resources in a mobile container so staff can support residents in community settings with things like sex and relationships education, condoms, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and STI screening.

"We will also shortly have online, and a Mobile App, STI screening kits for people with no symptoms or who are at low risk of sexual ill health.

"We will be combining some of the smaller clinics into modern, larger clinics that are still easy to access but that offer more facilities and we are therefore offering sessions twice a week (which will include a focus on young people) in Leatherhead and Epsom and later in the year at Spelthorne and Runnymede, as well as running a new young people's Saturday clinic in Guildford."

Surrey County Council said it is a cost-cutting measure - which will save them £2 million.

In a statement, a county council spokesman said: “This new contract will help improve services and better meet the need of Surrey’s residents while also helping to save £2 million at a time when our budgets are under enormous pressure from rising demand for services like adult social care.”





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