Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent and Telford and Wrekin Council's are pleased to announce that Sexual Health services will continue to be provided by Inclusion, part of Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) from April 2022.
Health promotion and prevention will be at the heart of the new service. Under the name Open Clinic, Inclusion will offer a “one stop approach” at their centres across the regions.
Central Health Solutions will be the new provider for Emergency Contraception at pharmacies. They will work with local pharmacies in all areas of Staffordshire, Telford and Wrekin.
What does this mean for you?
Sexual health services will remain easily accessible across the 3 counties. They will be provided by the same skilled and experienced staff in the same locations. This means that there will still be;
- STI & HIV testing and treatment
- emergency and long-term contraception
- pregnancy testing
- condom distribution (C-Card)
- support, advice, signposting and much more!
Councillor Johnny McMahon - Cabinet Support Member for Public Health and Integrated Care in Staffordshire, said:
“I am delighted that we can continue to offer the people in Staffordshire this valuable service, ensuring easy access to a quality provision that impacts directly on the health of the local people”
To find out more about the services available to you, or to book an appointment, visit the Open Clinic website.
Looking after your sexual health is a vital part of taking care of your physical and mental health.
Taking care of your sexual health includes:
- Planning for and using contraception
- Understanding changes to your body
- Learning how to avoid sexually transmitted infections
- Knowing where to go if you want help and advice
Where can I get advice?
Here is a list of sexual health centres where you can get advice about and receive a variety of different types of contraception.
You can also get tested for sexually transmitted infections and receive treatments.
Address: Branston Clinic, Main Street, Branston, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 3EY
Cannock Clinic (under 21s only)
Address: Park House, 12 Park Road, Cannock, WS11 1JN
Cobridge Community Health Centre
Address: Cobridge Community Health Centre, Church Terrace, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 2JN
Ryecroft Medical Centre
Address: Broad Street, Newcastle, ST5 2BQ
Sir Robert Peel Hospital
Address: Sir Robert Peel Hospital, Plantation Lane, Mile Oak, Tamworth, B78 3NG
Stafford Central Clinic
Address: Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford, ST16 3AQ
What days and times are the services open?
More information on clinics and opening times in Staffordshire can be found on the Open Clinic website.
Where else can I get contraception?
A range of contraception is also available from local GPs. Many GPs also fit long acting reversible contraception such as coils and implants.
Where can I get free emergency contraception?
Most community pharmacies can provide free emergency contraception, including but not limited to:
- Lloyds pharmacies
- Boots stores
- Asda pharmacies
- Tesco pharmacies
- Well pharmacies
- Cornwell pharmacies
Where else can I get further information?
You can find answers to some other frequently asked questions about sexual health from Staffordshire Connects.
You can also find other local organisations and groups that can offer you confidential help and support.
Support for young people
As well as being able to access all of the support mentioned above, if you are a young person and you are just looking for some information, take a look at these sites: