One-stop-shop for sexual and reproductive health services now on offer in Brent, Harrow and Ealing

17 August 2017

Residents in Harrow, Brent and Ealing can now access new integrated sexual and reproductive health services.



London North West Healthcare NHS Trust has been awarded a five year contract to deliver services across the three boroughs, including sex education, contraception, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and testing for HIV.



The Trust was awarded the contract as part of the London Sexual Health Transformation Programme (LSHTP), a London wide programme to transform sexual health services and improve access and outcomes for residents.



As the lead provider in North West London, London North West Healthcare will develop a new local sexual health system with a strong focus on partnership working with GPs, pharmacists and the voluntary sector. The Trust will also forge strong links with key services, including abortion services, gynaecology, midwifery, urology, children and young people's services and voluntary groups, as well as schools and colleges.



Voluntary sector organisations, such as Brook, the Terrence Higgins Trust, Spectra and Naz will also work with the Trust to provide improved prevention in the community for groups with higher sexual health needs, including young people, gay and bisexual men and minority ethnic groups.



Dr Gary Brook, Clinical Lead for Genitourinary Medicine (GUM)/HIV at the Trust said: "This new service takes a system-wide approach to ensuring people are seen in the right place, avoiding unnecessary referrals or people dropping out of the system.



"We will provide services where there is greatest need, including high rates of sexually transmitted infections, teenage pregnancy and deprivation. Our new services will also be easier to access with better transport links and extended opening hours, including evenings and weekends."



Dr Naomi Hampton, Clinical Lead for Sexual and Reproductive Health Services at the Trust said: "We are really looking forward to working with our colleagues in primary and secondary care and the education and voluntary sectors to develop a network of service provision which meets the needs of our local population and using technology to help direct people to the right care at the right time."



Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Lead Member for Community Wellbeing at Brent Council said: "This new integrated sexual health service is a great achievement and an example of what can be accomplished when London Councils work together. In Brent, we are committed to ensuring that our residents are provided with the best healthcare. This includes a sexual health service which is convenient and accessible where advice and quality healthcare is readily available."