Sexual health services in Leeds are set for new ‘hub’ overhaul

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A new sexual health service for Leeds, the first of its kind in the city, has been unveiled today.

Leeds Sexual Health will offer contraception, Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing and treatment as well as HIV testing through a city centre hub and four Leeds clinics.

It brings together expertise from Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s GUM service and the Yorkshire MESMAC charity.

The services provided at the Centre for Sexual Health at Leeds General Infirmary will continue until October 2015, when a new specialist facility will open in the Merrion Centre. The contraception clinic for under 25s at Citywise on Eastgate will also centralise to the hub in October.

The community clinics will run out of Burmantofts Health Centre, the Reginald Centre in Chapeltown, Armley Moor Health Centre and Beeston Village Health Centre.

Julie Arundale, service manager for Leeds Sexual Health, said: “We’re passionate about achieving our goal – to provide the people of Leeds with a sexual health service that is responsive, personalised and confidential.”

Speaking about the launch of the service’s new-look website, Tom Doyle, chief executive of Yorkshire MESMAC, said: “LeedsSexualHealth.com brings sexual health in Leeds into the 21st Century. Local people will be able to quickly access the information, tests and services they need with a few clicks of a mouse.”

The contract to provide sexual health services in the city was awarded by Leeds City Council.

Coun Lisa Mulherin, chair of Leeds City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “People in Leeds deserve to have the best sexual health services. We’re committed to services being designed with the needs of service users at their heart, so we ensured people who use the services told us what they thought would work best when designing the ways of working.”

During this transitional period, patients can call the helpline on 0113 3926725 if they are unsure how and where to access sexual health treatment and support in the city.

Residents can self refer themselves to clinics without involving GPs and will soon be able to book appointments or order STI testing kits online at leedssexualhealth.com.

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