Croydon Sexual Health Centre
20/02/2015 09:50:00......Posted by Yvette Hopley
The role of the public health team is to involve everyone in improving their health and wellbeing, reducing inequalities and increasing life expectancy of all people here in Croydon.
As part of the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, a number of important public health functions moved from the NHS to local government on 1 April 2013.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines good sexual health as “a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality; not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity.” The Croydon Annual Public Health Report 2013 has further defined health and wellbeing as “more than the absence of disease; it is the ability for everyone in Croydon to fulfill their potential, make a contribution, and be resilient to life’s challenges.”
Sexual ill health costs the NHS more than £700 million a year. Appropriate investment in sexual health services can deliver health care savings; for every £1 spent on contraceptive services £11 is saved. It is important to reduce sexual health inequalities and to maximise the health of people of Croydon, as well as normalise pleasurable and safe sexual experiences and relationships which are free from discrimination, coercion and violence.
Sexual health is a high public health priority in the United Kingdom. This reflected by the national policies and strategies designed to improve sexual health services.
The National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV6 (2001) aims are to:
• reduce transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs);
• reduce the prevalence and incidence of undiagnosed HIV and STIs;
• improve health and social care for people living with HIV;
• reduce stigma associated with HIV and STIs;
• reduce unintended pregnancy rates;
• create an infrastructure for excellence.
I visited the Croydon Sexual Health Centre to speak to Dr David Phillips, Clinical Head of Service for Sexual Health at Croydon University Hospital to talk about the work in the centre and this important agenda. The centre offers support to a wide range of patients, including complex cases of sexual abuse and trafficking and those with mental health and drug and alcohol dependency.
The Croydon Sexual Health Centre provides a free, comprehensive and confidential sexual health service including:
· Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
· Treatment of other genital infections
· HIV testing, treatment and care
· Same day HIV testing (POCT)
· Treatment following sexual exposure to HIV (PEPSE)
· Emergency contraception
· Abortion advice and referral
· Specialist clinic for young people 18 years and under (The Point Clinic)
Tests results via text
The clinic offers a walk in service and on same days you can make appointments.