Northumberland residents to benefit from easier access to sexual health services
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is relocating its Northumberland Sexual Health Service headquarters to Morpeth next month, providing easier access for patients.
The current headquarters based in Carlton Street in Blyth will move to a new modern facility on Gas House Lane in Morpeth which will be called ‘Morpeth Clinic’. It brings back into use a former GP surgery building which was damaged following the floods in 2008. The clinic is set to open to the public on 27 February.
The trust has refurbished the building which will house the Northumberland Sexual Health Service administration team and associated functions including the appointment, results and advice line for the county. It will provide office space for healthcare professionals who run sexual health services across Northumberland and will become a training venue for GP and community nursing staff to improve access to sexual health services county-wide.
Some clinical sessions will run from the clinic providing contraception, testing and treatment for sexually-transmitted infections including Chlamydia, pregnancy decision-making options and counselling.
Dr Oluseyi Hotonu, consultant in integrated sexual health at Northumberland Sexual Health Service, said: “We are delighted to bring the building back into use and improve access to a wider range of sexual health services under one roof for Northumberland residents in this new modern facility.
“The move to the Morpeth premises is a direct result of patients’ feedback and better transport links to this county-wide service.
“We continue to provide sexual health services in Blyth and throughout Northumberland, including specific services for young people and women who’ve unplanned pregnancies”.
The trust will be holding a drop-in session for local residents on 26 February from 6pm to 8pm at the Morpeth Clinic to give people the opportunity to meet the team, see the new facilities and find out more about the services available in advance of it opening to the public.
Northumberland Sexual Health Service provides a range of clinics in over 30 venues across the county including health centres, hospitals, GP surgeries, schools and colleges on a weekly basis. The trust also provides sexual health services in North Tyneside which are free, confidential and open to all age groups and sexualities. For more information visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/sexualhealth