14 January 2015 marks National STI Awareness Day – a day to get people thinking about their sexual health and to encourage greater take-up of testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The rate of STIs is rising year on year, and routine checks are in many cases the only way people can detect an infection. Around 1-in-12 of those who are tested find they are infected.
Sexual health and family planning services are available at over 140 of Community Health Partnerships (CHPs) primary and community healthcare buildings across the country.
These modern purpose built, healthcare facilities successfully integrate a number of health, wellbeing and community services, providing a convenient one-stop shop for people to access safe, high quality care.
CHPs estate is home to over 1400 NHS and non NHS tenants including some 540 GP practices, front line council services, libraries, pharmacies and a wide range of community and social care providers across England.
These include Heart of Hounslow at West Middlesex Hospital, which has doctor and nurse led clinics from Monday to Friday including evenings, as well specialist walk-in services for young people.
Warrington Centre for Sexual Health offers free, confidential sexual health services at Bath Street Health and Wellbeing Centre.
This is an integrated service provided by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and offers confidential advice, testing and treatment.
In Stoke on Trent the Cobridge Community Health Centre has an integrated sexual health advice unit, as well as a clinic for people who have experienced sexual violence. This is the first facility of its kind in the UK and was completed in 2011.
For more information on sexual health and STIs visit the FPA website.
For further information on CHP’s buildings visit Our Property Portfolio pages.