Harrow Council Leader Cllr Graham Henson cut the ribbon to officially re-open a refurbished sexual health clinic in Harrow.
The Caryl Thomas Centre in Headstone Drive now offers a ‘one stop’ service for contraception and testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The refurbished building has doubled its previous capacity enabling staff to see up to 100 service users a day with shorter waiting times, extended opening hours, online services and access to a network of community support .
It is part of a wider programme of improvements across the London boroughs of Harrow, Brent and Ealing who have commissioned London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust and its partners to create a unified sexual health service called ‘One.’
Cllr Henson said: “Harrow’s previous sexual health service provided a range of fragmented sexual health services at various locations so I’m delighted we now have something that is fit for the 21st Century.
“It’s a positive example of partnership working and also links up with the new pan-London e-Service which allows patients to have test kits sent to their home or collected from the centre.
“It’s important we provide the best possible facilities for our residents”
Sexual health consultants Dr Dawn Friday and Dr Anusha Dias, Consultant welcomed guests to the opening of the new service
Dr Dias said: “The refurbished centre is about convenience and ensuring that our residents’ needs are met first. It’s taken a lot of work but we now have a sexual health service that is geared up to meet the demands of a growing population.”
The service is supported partners including Brook, the Terence Higgins Trust, NAZ and Spectra. For more details about accessing sexual health services on line, see www.nwlondonsexualhealth.nhs.uk