New sexual health clinic opens in Wisbech

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A full range of sexual health services will be available in Fenland for the first time when a new clinic opens in Wisbech in December.

The new sexual health hub will open at the town’s North Cambs Hospital before Christmas, Cambridgeshire Public Health has announced.

It means residents in Fenland will for the first time be able to access a full range of sexual health and contraception services from the same clinic without having to travel outside of the district.

Local MP Steve Barclay has hailed the announcement as a victory for his Treat Me Local campaign to see more localised services across the area.

Cambridgeshire’s new Integrated Sexual Health and Contraception Service, which includes the chlamydia screening programme, was officially launched following a competitive procurement process on October 1, however the new Fenland clinic will not be fully up and running until December once building work has been completed.

Health bosses said one of the key objectives of the new hub was to address the inequity of service provision between the north and the south of the county – something which Mr Barclay has been highlighting as part of his health campaign.

The campaign, launched in the summer, seeks better health provision across the Fens and includes a 10-point wish-list that includes satellite chemotherapy units, closer to patient blood testing and longer opening hours for the minor injuries units at Wisbech and Doddington hospitals.

This new sexual health service, provided by Cambridgeshire Community Services, will also include an chlamydia screening outreach service focusing on engaging with young people and hard to reach groups.

Mr Barclay said: “Whilst this new service was not specifically part of the Treat Me Local health campaign it is great news, and is exactly the kind of services I want to see brought into our local communities. Hopefully this is the first of many improved health provisions for the Fens.”