Changes to Dorset’s sexual health clinics

22nd June 2018

Sexual health services across Dorset are being reorganised to meet demand and give people faster, more effective support.

Dorset HealthCare (DHC), Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital (RBCH) and Dorset County Hospital (DCH) are working together to provide a more seamless, joined-up service designed to meet people’s needs.

And, based on feedback from both patients and staff, they are introducing a number of changes at local sexual health clinics to improve access, reduce unnecessary appointments and ensure people seen by the right person, the first time.

Clinics provide advice and support about issues such as contraception, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unplanned pregnancies and much more.

From 30 June, most appointments will be hosted at the service’s two main hubs – Trinity Street in Dorchester and The Junction in Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth – on weekdays and evenings.

Individual changes include:

  • Due to the high rate of missed appointments (an average of one in five), the Monday evening clinic in Sherborne will move to Trinity Street in Dorchester
  • The St Leonards clinic will close
  • In line with patient preferences, our Saturday appointments at The Junction will now be available on weekdays and evenings
  • The Saturday clinic in Dorchester will end
  • The Bournemouth University clinic has closed. Online chlamydia screening for under-25s is now available at www.sexualhealthdorset.org
  • The Wednesday evening clinic at Pelhams in Bournemouth will close. After this, people can use The Junction for Wednesday evening appointments

Existing clinics in Bridport, Christchurch, Poole, Wareham and Weymouth will continue as normal.

While support and advice for all basic sexual health needs will be available at the two hubs and the other clinics, there are also plans for ‘pop-up’ contraception and treatment clinics elsewhere in the county.

The reorganisation is in line with new approaches to care outlined in the recent Dorset-wide NHS Clinical Services Review, and is based on feedback from patient surveys and staff focus groups.

Sarah Brace, Dorset HealthCare’s Sexual Health Service Manager, said: “We want to create an integrated service across Dorset where patients have access to high quality care from the right professional, in the right place and at the right time.

“While some people might have to travel further to reach our two hub clinics, we will have a broader range of appointment times and expertise to meet people’s needs.”

For more information on our services and clinics, visit www.sexualhealthdorset.org

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