Young People in Barnsley to have more access to emergency contraception

Young people under 25 can pick up free Emergency Hormonal Contraception – commonly known as ‘the morning after pill’ – at a growing number of pharmacies in Barnsley thanks to a new sexual health scheme. The Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) Scheme is a new partnership between Spectrum Community Health, Barnsley Council and local pharmacies to […]

Young People in Wakefield to have more access to emergency contraception

Young people under 25 can pick up free Emergency Hormonal Contraception – commonly known as ‘the morning after pill’ – at a growing number of pharmacies in Wakefield thanks to a new sexual health scheme. The Emergency Hormonal Contraception (EHC) Scheme is a new partnership between Spectrum Community Health, Wakefield Council and local pharmacies to […]

Increased access to Sexual health services for Wigan and Leigh patients

To address increasing demand for sexual health services, from Monday 4th March Spectrum Community Health has increased appointments at the Galleries Shopping Centre clinic and introduced an additional walk-in service at Leigh Health Centre. The Galleries clinic now has a greater capacity to manage demand for procedures such implants, coil fittings and some STI treatments […]

New Couples encouraged to “Test Together” to avoid STIs

New Couples encouraged to “Test Together” to avoid STIs Spectrum Sexual Health services are encouraging new couples to ‘Test Together’ for a sexual health check and avoid symptoms of undiagnosed STIs. STI testing at the start of a new relationship could prevent couples from discovering STIs such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea further down the line […]

Protect your sexual ‘elf over the Christmas period

Protect your sexual ‘elf over the Christmas period In the run up to Christmas,remember that alcohol can cloud your judgement when it comes to safe sex.  With festivities such as Mad Friday and Christmas parties, people can stay safe over the Christmas period – with the following advice to protect their sexual ‘elf! Alcohol can […]

Spectrum launches risk campaign for HIV Testing Week

HIV Testing Week 2018 started on Saturday 17th November, and Spectrum is teaming up with other healthcare services to offer local testing sessions and increase awareness around risky behaviours associated with HIV.   In 2017, 43% of people received a late diagnosis of HIV and an estimated 1 in 8 people with HIV are unaware […]

Spectrum launches Consent campaign for Sexual Health Week

During Sexual Health Week, a national campaign led by the Family Planning Association (FPA), Spectrum Community Health is raising awareness of the important topic of ‘consent’. The campaign runs from Monday 24th September until Sunday 30th September. ‘Consent Crossroads’ is a local campaign by Spectrum to support people to seek consent correctly and understanding the meaning of […]

‘New’ sexually transmitted infection (STI) Mycoplasma Genitalium – should you be worried?

Mycoplasma Genitalium (MG) is a bacterium that might be linked to genital urinary diseases in men and women. Recently experts have identified MG to be sexually transmitted making this the latest STI for us all to think about. At the moment, it is quite likely that any symptoms are actually due to STIs such as […]

Reducing the risk of a rising STI

Efforts to tackle a rise in what was a declining sexually transmitted infection (STI) are being led by Spectrum Community Health CIC to dispel misconceptions and reduce risk. Once thought of as an old-school disease, Syphilis is becoming more prevalent across the UK with 7,000 cases reported in 2017 and a 20% rise in cases […]

Nursing Times award in sight for Teenage Pregnancy project.

Janet Oxley, Specialist Nurse at Barnsley Integrated Sexual Health, has been shortlisted in the ‘Nursing in the Community’ category for her work on the ‘The Teenage Pregnancy Pathway’ (TPP) TPP is a multi-agency initiative developed by Janet to reduce the number of pregnant teenagers who go on to have subsequent pregnancies. The project combines contraception […]