New Sexual Health Strategy set to launch in Hertfordshire

Published: 20 Jun 2019

Hertfordshire County Council’s Public Health and Prevention Cabinet Panel is set to approve a new five-year sexual health strategy that will transform the way sexual health services are being delivered in Hertfordshire.

There will be three Sexual Health Centres of Excellence in Hertfordshire offering the complete range of sexual health and contraception services, as well as an online testing service which means that people can order home-testing kits for a range of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

At the same time, the council will be launching a brand new interactive map of all sexual health and contraception services in Hertfordshire so that residents can easily find their nearest service online.

Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, Tim Hutchings, said: “We are committed to providing high-quality sexual health services for our residents.

“The new Centres of Excellence will be able to offer a much wider range of services and consultant expertise than some of our smaller clinics and have longer opening hours, opening five days a week plus some evenings.

“In addition, new community LARC (long-acting reversible contraception) services will be introduced, providing local access for those that need it.

“Contraception services continue to be available from local GPs and some local pharmacies and free confidential chlamydia screening for people 24 years and under is available from a number of participating pharmacies across Hertfordshire.

“This strategy enables us to be responsive to the needs of Hertfordshire’s residents while at the same time ensuring that we make the best use of all local services, avoid duplication and provide value for money.”

The Centres of Excellence will be located in Stevenage, Watford and St Albans initially, with the St Albans centre moving to brand-new premises in Hatfield early next year.

As part of the strategy, some small contraception-only part-time clinics will close. Anyone currently using these services will be signposted to other suitable nearby services.

The new five-year strategy has been through a consultation process and will go to full Council for final approval in July.

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