From, 1 April, Spectrum Community Health CIC, a social enterprise delivering services on behalf of the NHS and local authorities, takes over the contract for sexual health services in the Barnsley District.
The change in service delivery will see the two existing sexual health teams in Barnsley working as a single integrated team, which will improve access to services and quality of care. As part of the change, Spectrum will also be responsible for delivering Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) programme within local schools and colleges.
Services will remain across the two main sites at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Queens Road Clinic, supported by outreach and community-based clinics, until they move into new premises later in the year.
Dr. Linda Harris, Chief Executive at Spectrum, said:
“We are delighted to be delivering integrated sexual health services to the people of Barnsley District. We have a track record in providing high quality, discreet and confidential services in the Wakefield District and look forward to improving services in neighbouring Barnsley.”
Spectrum will introduce new improvements to services in the future, but 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, same appointment and drop in slots and can expect to receive the same high quality service and care as before.
The range of services offered includes: all methods of contraception including emergency contraception, vaccinations, screening and tests for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), including Chlamydia, HIV and treatments for most STIs.
Specialist services like counselling and referral for male and female sterilisation, advice on sexuality, terminations, menopause and other sexual health issues will continue as usual.
Members of the public are welcome to send their feedback and suggestions for improvements to the service to firstname.lastname@example.org