As pressure mounts on healthcare providers to tackle the Coronavirus, Spectrum remains committed to ensuring the safety of our patients, service users and staff, and the communities in which we work, whilst keeping our essential services running.
Sexual Health Services
Across our sexual health services, Spectrum has temporarily suspended Walk-In Clinics and introduced telephone consultations to replace most face-to-face contact with patients, reducing the risk of possible COVID-19 transmission. We are also facilitating postal STI testing where possible and ensuring that patients living with HIV are still able to access their prescribed medication. During this period, we are asking that patients do not come into clinic, even for pre-booked appointments. All appointments will now be taken by telephone.
Substance Misuse Services
In our substance misuse services, Spectrum staff in South Tyneside, Durham and North Yorkshire are also limiting face-to-face contact by providing telephone appointments and striving to ensure continued access to care and prescribed medication. In York and Wakefield, our Practitioners are also offering telephone appointments, adjusting prescriptions for service users who may be self-isolating and urging anyone in a vulnerable or ‘at risk’ group for coronavirus not to come into clinic.
Spectrum’s Health and Justice services are also striving to minimise the impact of COVID-19, suspending group work and keeping essential clinics running during this time of increased pressure.