MP welcomes new sexual health hub set to open at North Cambs Hospital, Wisbech
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MP Steve Barclay has hailed the announcement of a new sexual health hub at Wisbech as a victory for his campaign to see more localised services across his constituency.
Cambridgeshire Public Health has announced that residents in Fenland will for the first time be able to access the full range of sexual health and contraception services from the same clinic and will not have to travel outside of the district.
A central hub which is medically led will be located at the North Cambs Hospital with clinics in other areas dealing with less complex cases as well.
Cambridgeshire’s new Integrated Sexual Health and Contraception Service, which includes the chlamydia screen programme was launched following a competitive procurement process on October 1, however the new Fenland clinic will not be fully up and running until December once building work has been completed.
One of the key objectives of the new hub was to address the inequity of service provision between the north and the south of the county – something which Mr Barclay has been highlighting as part of his “Treat me local” health campaign.
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The campaign launched this summer seeks to see better health provision across the Fens and includes a 10-point wish-list that includes satellite chemotherapy units, closer to patient blood testing and longer opening hours for the minor injuries units at Wisbech and Doddington hospitals.
This new service provided by Cambridgeshire Community Services will also include an outreach service that is part of the chlamydia screening programme focusing on engaging with young people and hard to reach groups.
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Cambridgeshire Community Services has sub- contracted with the Terence Higgins Trust to provide this element of the Service.
Mr Barclay said: “Whilst this was no specifically part of the “Treat me local” health campaign it is great news, and is exactly the kind of services I want to see brought into our local communities. Hopefully this is the first of many improved health provisions for the Fens.”