Greater promotion for Fenland’s sexual health services

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Sexual health services in Fenland have been improved but need greater promotion, say health chiefs.

For many years sexual health services in Fenland have been underserved, with the area having a higher rate of teenage pregnancies than other parts of the county.

The new Wisbech Central Hub was launched in January so that people did not have to travel to King’s Lynn or Peterborough.

The clinic is now seeing an average of 55 people per month – but the clinic at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn was seeing an average of 76 people a month in 2014/15.

Clinics for uncomplicated sexually transmitted infections and contraception services are held in March but Cambridgeshire County Council is looking to find a location in Chatteris.

Services are provided by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

Mandee Worrall, service manager, said: “We will continue to promote the availability of these services widely, including those provided from a new clinic in refurbished accommodation in Wisbech.

“This new service, for the first time, enables local people to access all contraception and sexual health services under one roof without the need to travel.”

The county has also aimed to improve access to sexual health services for youngsters due to the high teenage pregnancy rates around Wisbech. This has fallen in recent years.

A weekly clinic is provided at Thomas Clarkson Academy and the College of West Anglia.

Val Thomas, the county’s consultant in public health, said: “Sexual health can be a sensitive issue for young people and they may find it difficult to access a specialist clinic.

“Locating a clinic in a school or college aims to make it not only easily accessible but also provide a friendly place where young people can go to receive information, advice and support on a range of health issues, including sexual health.

“They form part of a new service tailored to meet the needs of different groups and areas of Cambridgeshire.”

A school spokesman said: “This is a confidential service and managed by Cambridge Community Services. As such we are not able to provide any further information.

“Any service that supports young people is a welcome addition to the core services that schools provide.”