Sexual health services line up for Olympics
27 July 2012
Thousands of extra condoms are being delivered to sexual health services in south east Essex ahead of what is expected to be a 'summer of lovin'.'
An influx of visitors to the area's mountain biking event,
coupled with the relaxed feel-good atmosphere, is expected to
trigger a surge in sexual athletics locally.
Alison Keefe, sexual health clinic manager at Southend
University Hospital, said: "Sexually-transmitted infections are
already on the increase and we are expecting that sports fans will
be indulging in some extra energetic activity themselves over the
"Without wanting to be killjoys, we would just like to remind
everyone they have a responsibility for both their own sexual
health and their partner's.
"Condoms are freely available from the Kingsley-Ward Centre in
Southchurch Road, Southend as well as the sexual health clinic in
the hospital. We are receiving extra supplies in readiness for the
Karen Payne, head of contraception and sexual health for South
Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT), added: "The sexual health services
traditionally see an increase in the number of patients attending
them after holidaymakers return to reality from their relaxing
weeks in the sun, and the Olympics are expected to have a similar
Those just wanting peace of mind can attend the hospital's
walk-in clinic for a quick check between 9am to 11am Monday to
Friday. Those with symptoms can come along for a full sexual health
screening by calling 01702 385120/1 for an appointment.
Alternatively, the Kingsley-Ward Centre also provides quick
checks - telephone 01702 577110 for more information or visit www.thekwc.nhs.uk