Published on: 15 May 2019
A new clinic has been introduced in South Tyneside, principally to give young parents up to the age of 25 increased access to contraception, and reduce unintended pregnancies.
South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust already offers a free, full range of contraception and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the borough in clinics at Palmer Community Hospital, in Jarrow, either by appointment or on a ‘walk in and wait’ basis. There is also an appointment-only Thursday evening clinic at Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, South Shields, from 4.45pm to 7.15pm.
The new clinic, which is run by a senior nurse, is held at All Saints Children’s Centre, Whitehall Street, South Shields, on alternate Tuesdays, from 1pm to 3.30pm. As well as contraception and pregnancy testing, screening for STIs is also available. No appointment is necessary.
Julie Davenport, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust’s Pregnancy Options Advisor and Outreach Contraception Lead for South Tyneside, said: “Our aim in holding clinics outside of our main South Tyneside base at Palmer Community Hospital is to take sexual health services closer to local communities – particularly with a view to supporting young people.”
For further information about the new clinic, contact the sexual health service on 0191 4028191 or All Saints Children’s Centre on 0191 4207657.
South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust provides sexual health services for people in Sunderland and Gateshead, as well as South Tyneside. Main bases are at Palmer Community Hospital, Sunderland Royal Hospital, and Trinity Square Health Centre in Gateshead.
For more information: for South Tyneside ring 0191 4028191, for Sunderland ring 0191 5699966 and for Gateshead ring 0191 2831577, or go to https://www.stsft.nhs.uk/services/sexual-health-services