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Southend Hospital helps deliver new sexual health service

04 April 2019

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Public Health Directorate launched a new sexual health service on Monday 1 April.

This new service, delivered by the hospital and Provide, a social enterprise, sees the teams work closely together, in the same building, delivering a seamless service for patients.

Located at Thamesgate House,31-44 Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6DF,the service will deliver improved sexual health services to the residents of Southend, including contraceptive advice and the diagnosis and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

The service offers both appointments for a range of contraceptive and sexual health needs and walk-in access for urgent and priority needs. The service will shortly introduce online access to services and the innovative eC-Card app which allows young people quick and discreet access to supplies of condoms.

The service can be contacted via the Intelligence Centre which functions as a first point of contact and ensures people are triaged to ensure that their need is identified, prioritised and dealt with appropriately.

 The intelligence centre can be reached on 0300 303 2693 or by emailing provide.Southendsexualhealth service@nhs.net and is open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 8am - 1pm on Saturdays. 

The Terrence Higgins Trust are also continuing to provide HIV prevention and sexual health outreach services at the centre.