Westminster City Council has appointed Turning Point and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) to deliver sexual and reproductive health services from April 2017. The new three-year contracts will deliver services including sexual health awareness, HIV support, contraception and STI screening.
The £4 million contracts will see services move to new locations in community settings that are more convenient for local people. There will be a renewed focus on prevention, particularly amongst those who are at the highest risk of poor sexual health.
The changes follow a six-month consultation with services users to which 500 people responded.
Services to support people living with HIV and those who are at high risk of poor sexual health will be provided a consortium comprising of Metro, Naz, Marie Stopes and London Friend led by Turning Point.
Drop-in and referral services will be delivered from two locations in Soho and Harrow Road as well as via seven drop-in venues in GP surgeries, community centres and health centres. Service users will receive tailored support with options including peer support, group work, family and carers packages and complementary therapies.
The new service will have closer links with HIV treatment services and offer additional education and employment support.
Community reproductive health, contraception and STI screening services will be provided by CNWL from a new clinic at 7a Woodfield Road in the Westbourne ward and via GP surgeries in areas where they are most needed. The new locations are expected to transform the service by being more accessible to local people, increasing the uptake of contraception and early HIV diagnosis and reducing the onward transmission of STIs.
Cllr Rachael Robathan, Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health, said: “We have one of the highest rates of HIV and sexually transmitted infections in London and are committed to tackling this inequality through continued improvements and investment in our services. We want as many people as possible to access our sexual health services to ensure they remain healthy and safe.”
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