September 29, 2008

New Sexual Health Clinic to Open

A NEW sexual health centre will open on Tyneside at the beginning of next year.

Newcastle Primary Care and North Tyneside Trust (PCT), in partnership with NNT Lift Co, has announced it has found a site for a multi-million-pound sexual health centre.

Work has already started on premises at New Croft House, Market Street, near the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, and it is planned the centre will be running by next year.

It will be the base for two services located on the site of Newcastle General Hospital - the genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinic and the contraception and sexual health service at the Graingerville clinic.

A chlamydia screening programme will also be available at the centre.

Maurya Cushlow, executive director of community services for Newcastle and North Tyneside PCT, said: "New Croft House is a more central and accessible location than we have at present. It also provides much more spacious accommodation.

"The existing services - some of which are provided to people living across the region - have been operating in cramped premises.

"The one-stop shop approach - supported by a number of community clinics - will mean patients can receive all the help they need at one base and from modern premises."

The premises also allow for other related services to come together under one roof, such as the teenage pregnancy team and health improvement staff.

The GUM and contraception and sexual health services need to move off the Newcastle General Hospital site as part of the major redevelopment of Newcastle hospitals.

NNT Lift Co is part of the Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) and helps the NHS deliver 21st Century health care in modern community-based facilities.

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