Sexual Health Advice

Changes to Locala Sexual Health Service from Monday 7 January 2019

We are just writing to let you know about changes we’re making to The Locala Sexual Health service clinics to help improve access to the service and reduce waiting times for those people who attend our clinics. The changes begin on Monday 7th January.

These changes are a direct result of the feedback we received in our annual patient survey, in which patients expressed some ways in which the sexual health service could be made even more accessible.

We have taken these comments on board and have made the following improvements:

 A ‘Queue and Fit Clinic for Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives’ (LARC) will begin on Wednesday 9th January. The clinic will run from Dewsbury Health Centre every Wednesday from 9am to 12:30pm and patients can turn up and wait to be seen to have LARC fitted. This is as a result of patients expressing they were waiting too long for appointments for LARC, especially in the Dewsbury area.

A number of evening ‘queue and wait’ appointments will now be offered from Princess Royal Health Centre, Huddersfield and Dewsbury Health Centre. Patients will be able to access appointments at Princess Royal Health Centre’s Sexual Health Clinic on Wednesdays between 11:30am and 6:30pm and on Tuesdays at Dewsbury Health Centre, also between 11:30am and 6:30pm. These ‘queue and wait clinics’ will begin on Monday 7th January and will allow patients to turn up and be seen by a practitioner on the same day. This is in response to patients asking for the ability to access evening ‘queue and wait’ appointments across both sites.

The clinics at Princess Royal Health Centre and Dewsbury Health Centre have now also being restructured, allowing for an extra 106 bookable appointments across both sites every week – offering patients a shorter wait time for bookable appointments, as patients said they were often waiting longer than expected for those appointments.

A new clinic has also been added to the Sexual Health clinics offered at Howard House, Bradford, which began last August. This was a result of service users asking for a dedicated ‘queue and wait’ clinic solely for those under 18 years of age. This is now taking place every Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm at Howard House Bradford.

From Monday 7th January, for full details and times of the clinics and services we offer, visit www.locala.org.uk/services/sexual-health.

All service users are able to self-refer either by coming along to a queue and wait clinics, or by booking an appointment in advance by calling 030 3330 9981 in Kirklees and 030 3330 9500 in Bradford.

Printable resources that can be displayed have been attached to this email. If you require any further information or assistance, please contact Amelia Womack, amelia.womack@locala.org.uk

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