The sexual health clinic based at Royal Preston Hospital is relocating services from Monday 4 April 2022 to the Fatima Health Centre on Garstang Road Preston. The Fatima Health Centre will be multi occupancy, other services available are a GP surgery, a dental surgery, a research centre and an onsite community pharmacy.
The region’s sexual health clinics have been provided at Royal Preston Hospital since 1991 during which time the service has increased the availability of appointments and now offer clinics from Monday to Saturday, seeing more than 16,000 patients per year.
The Sexual Health service is hosted by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, this commitment to relocate the Preston ‘hub’ to larger, modern premises, demonstrates a commitment to improving public health in the Preston area. The new premises will support the team to provide high quality integrated sexual health care in a bright modern setting.
Speaking about the move to new premises, Sally Myerscough, HIV Service Manager said: “Our new Sexual Health Suite will double the number of clinical rooms available to fifteen. This will support the service to fully integrate and they will be offering contraceptive clinics alongside genito-urinary medicine (GUM) and HIV clinics. The change to service delivery will allow the service to provide a more holistic and one stop shop care for patients.
“Patients will also be able to park onsite at the new health centre for free. Which will be a welcome change for anyone that has tried to park on site at a hospital.”
The new service will enhance the clinical offer to patients who live in Central Lancashire. Patients will still have the option of attending clinics at Avenham, Leyland and Chorley. The young people’s service for those under 25 will remain in the city centre at Talkwise, Urban Exchange Mount Street Preston.
Those patients without symptoms who wish to test for sexually transmitted infections can now request a postal kit via the website www.lancashiresexualhealth.nhs.uk
For advice or information about the Central clinics please view the website or call 0300 1234 154 (option 2).
The new Sexual Health Suite at the Fatima Health Centre will be officially opened by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals’ Chief Executive, Trish Armstrong-Child on Friday 8 April at 1.30pm.