People in Sheffield can now access a wider range of contraception and sexual health support in their local area, thanks to Sexual Health Sheffield’s new service.

Sexual Health Sheffield is provided by Primary Care Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Changes to the service from this month see a greater range of services available through local GP practices and community clinics including long-acting forms of contraception (coils, implants, contraceptive injections) and contraceptive pills.

The service also aims to make it more convenient to access emergency contraception through your GP practice, NHS walk-in centre or by calling Sexual Health Sheffield on 0114 226 8888. Through the service, people can speak confidentially and directly to a pharmacist who can then issue the prescription to their chosen pharmacy.

Free condoms and STI self-testing kits can be ordered online or collected from venues across the city, including community clinics based within six existing GP practices: Sloan Medical Centre, The Crookes Practice, The Flowers Health Centre, The White House Surgery, The University Health Service and Woodhouse Health Centre.  Specialist services and STI treatment are provided at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Dr Nadeem Petkar, Clinical lead of Primary Care at Scale at Primary Care Sheffield, said: “This is possibly one of the first Clinical Pharmacist-led emergency contraception service in the country, which provides convenience for people to ring in and discuss their contraception needs without having to book an appointment with their GP, this ensures good care. I think it’s vital that people are able to get advice and help conveniently”.

Professor Steve Green, Clinical Director for Communicable Diseases at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We all want to make accessing contraception as easy and convenient as possible for patients, and it is very clear that  bringing services closer to home is one of the ways we can better achieve this. Our GUM (Genito-Urinary Medicine) clinic at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital will continue to provide specialist and youth clinics, and will still see patients with more complex contraception needs. However, the new partnership with Primary Care Sheffield means people no longer have to travel to up to the hospital for routine contraception, treatment and screening, and instead Primary Care Sheffield will now be making these services available in the community.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Sheffield City Council said: “It’s so important for everyone to be able to get the right advice on sexual health and the services that are available to them. We’ve responded to the needs of service users and by making these changes services will now be more convenient and fit around people’s busy lives. We’ll continue asking for feedback so that we can keep making the right changes for all service users.”

For further information on the full range of support, advice and services available, please visit www.sexualhealthsheffield.nhs.uk  or call 0114 2268888