Spectrum launches Wakefield Integrated Sexual Health service (WISH)

From 1 November, Spectrum Community Health CIC will begin to provide  integrated sexual health services in the Wakefield District, bringing together two existing teams at Margaret Street Clinic and King Street’s Josephine Butler Centre.

Over the next six months, Spectrum will also combine the contraception and sexual health team (based at Margaret Street clinic), the GUM team (genito-urinary medicine) based at the Josephine Butler Centre, Outreach/Chlamydia Screening community teams and the Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) team (which works in schools across the District). The Well Women’s Centre, which will provide a sexual coercion prevention programme aimed at vulnerable young women and girls in schools, will be working with Spectrum as a sub-contracting partner. The Terrance Higgins Trust will also be working with Spectrum as a sub-contracting partner, delivering an outreach and engagement service in partnership with Spectrum’s team. Spectrum will work alongside Wakefield Mesmac, who will continue to deliver HIV Support and Prevention services in the District.

Initially, services will remain across the two main sites at Margaret Street and King Street, supported by outreach and community-based clinics, until they move into new premises next year. In the meantime, there will be no disruption to current services. Service users will be seen by the same clinical teams, make appointments in the same way, and can expect to receive the same high quality service and care as before.

Dr. Linda Harris, Chief Executive at Spectrum, said: “We are delighted to have retained the contract and to add new services to our offer, so that we can deliver an improved integrated sexual health service to the people of Wakefield District. We have a track record in providing high quality, discreet and confidential services in the District, as well as a successful launch of an integrated sexual health service in the Barnsley District in April this year, and look forward to improving services in Wakefield.”

The range of services offered includes:

  • all methods of contraception including emergency contraception
  • vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B
  • screening and tests for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including Chlamydia, HIV and treatments for most STIs
  • Advice on terminations referrals, menopause and other sexual health issues will continue as usual

To contact the Josephine Butler Centre, you can call 01924 542921; for all other sexual health services run by Spectrum, please call 01924 327586.

Drop-in centres

  • Airedale Health Centre, The Square, Fryston Road, Airedale WF10 3JJ
  • Castleford Health Clinic, Welbeck Street, Castleford WF10 1DP
  • King’s Medical Centre, King Edward Street, Normanton WF6 2AZ
  • Pontefract Health Centre, Trinity Street, Pontefract WF8 1EY
  • Church View Medical Centre, Langthwaite Business Park, South Kirby, Pontefract WF9 3AP

If you’d like to contact Spectrum and suggestions for improvements to our new service, please email  info@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk.


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