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New £2.4million sexual health service to combat sexually transmitted infections

Islington Council has awarded Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) a £2.4million a year contract to transform sexual health services in the borough.

 

The new services, which will launch in July, aim to bring down rates of HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies, and make services more accessible in Islington. CNWL will increase the range of sexual health services available, including contraception, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV testing and diagnosis, as well as sexual health outreach and health promotion. Clinics will be open for longer hours, including at weekends, will be conveniently located with good transport connections, and will work with other local services such as pharmacies and GPs.

 

The new contract is part of a unique London-wide programme to change the capital’s sexual health services for the better. The need for sexual health services in London is significantly higher than the rest of the country, which has the highest rates of HIV and STIs in the country. Islington has one of the highest rates of HIV and STIs in London.

 

Islington’s services will also work closely with a new London-wide online sexual health service, which will roll out from this summer, providing information, assessment and signposting to sexual health and related services, including access to self-sampling HIV and STI kits for people who are not symptomatic.

 

Cllr Janet Burgess, Executive member for health and wellbeing, said: “Islington has worked together with 31 other London authorities to change sexual health services for the better.

 

“Local clinics will be open for longer hours and at weekends, and will offer a new ‘one stop shop’ integrated sexual health service offering both contraception and services for sexually transmitted infections and HIV. We’re excited about the potential for London’s new sexual health offer to empower service users to take charge of their health and wellbeing, with local clinic services working closely with the new online service to improve access and convenience for residents.

 

“In terms of sheer scale, this London-wide work is a unique achievement and shows how councils can work together to respond innovatively to London’s public health challenges.”

 

Mark Maguire, CNWL Sexual Health Service Director, said: “We’re pleased to be working with local councils to deliver a modern service across North London that is quick and easy to access. Our services provide a one stop shop for people wanting sexual health treatment and/or contraception. We will also focus on prevention and increasing the uptake of Long Action Reversible Contraception (LARC). To support this we will have two specialist centres, Mortimer Market Centre and The Archway Centre, and we’ll also be offering services in community settings that may be more convenient to access.”

 


For further information please contact:

Peter Morgan
Senior Media Officer
Islington Council
Upper Street, London, N1 2UD
Tel: 020 7527 8004
Alternative contact: Media line 020 7527 2307
www.islington.gov.uk
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