Health: New ‘one-stop shop’ for sexual health support opens in Leeds

The Leeds Sexual Health service has opened its new city centre hub at the Merrion Centre.
The Leeds Sexual Health service has opened its new city centre hub at the Merrion Centre.
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A new hub for sexual health services has opened in Leeds city centre.

A purpose-built Leeds Sexual Health Clinic, based at the Merrion Centre, will provide contraception, Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing and treatment as well as HIV testing as part of the revamped service.

It is the central point of the new service, which will also feature four community clinics at Burmantofts Health Centre, the Reginald Centre in Chapeltown, Armley Moor Health Centre and Beeston Village Health Centre.

The Merrion Centre unit is a new home to services formerly provided in the Sunnybank Wing at Leeds General Infirmary and Citywise young people’s clinic on Eastgate.

The new arrangement brings together the specialist expertise from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s GUM service, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s Contraception and Sexual Health service (CaSH) and charity Yorkshire MESMAC.

Julie Arundale, service manager for Leeds Sexual Health (LSH), said: “The new centre is an integral part of our service and will work alongside the four LSH community clinics, acting as a hub and caring for patients who may require more expert help.

“Thanks to the co-location of services, the move will enable us to offer a ‘one-stop shop’ in the city centre providing confidential sexual health care for everyone.”

The move is the latest step in developing an integrated sexual health service for Leeds, which launched in July.

The service’s new-look leedssexualhealth.com website is part of the redesign, aimed at making it easier for people to access support.

How to access the new service

The Leeds Sexual Health Clinic offers contraception, STI testing and treatment as well as HIV testing.

The new Merrion Centre hub is on the first floor of the shopping centre and is open Monday to Thursday, from 8am to 8pm, Friday, from 8am to 5pm, and Saturday, from 11am to 3pm.

The service offers a walk-in clinic although if the service is particularly busy, patients may be asked to wait or come back on another day.

For more on the facility visit leedssexualhealth.com.

Patients can contact the service to book an appointment by calling 0113 3920333 or they can seek advice by calling 0113 3920334.

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