19/09/2013 - Permalink

Too shy to talk about sexually-transmitted infections and contraception?

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News from our partners Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust

People in Shropshire are being urged to get savvy and talk about sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) during Sexual Health Week.

Contraception and sexual health services are now provided in Shropshire by Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust.

The Trust, which provides the services on behalf of Shropshire Council’s public health team, is the UK’s largest provider of community and social care.   

Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin, are the first areas outside of Staffordshire that the Trust is providing this contraception and sexual health service in.  It includes advice and information, contraceptive methods, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, and testing and treatment for sexually-transmitted infections.

Suzanne Rimmer, service manager, said:

“Sexual Health Week 2013 aims to keep people informed about sexually-transmitted infections and sexual health.

“We have been running sexual health services across Shropshire since April 2013, providing a one stop shop for all sexual health needs ranging from contraception to STI testing.

“We can all feel embarrassed when it comes to talking about sex, but as part of Sexual Health Week, we want people to feel more confident when it comes to discussing it.”

Sexual Health Week runs until Sunday 22 September 2013, and a full list of services available and details about opening times are available on www.staffordshireandstokeontrent.nhs.uk or contact 0300 123 0994. 

Further information

  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust already provides all sexual health services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, and this is its first out of area contract.  It will run for three years and commenced on 1 April 2013.
  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust is committed to providing high-quality, safe and effective services to patients and service users, which are simple to access and easy to navigate your way around.
  • The Partnership Trust is the UK’s largest integrated health and social care community provider, and serves a population of 1.1 million people, employing in the region of 6,000 staff. 
  • It is located within the geographical boundaries of Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and contains a number of urban centres including Stoke-on-Trent, Leek, Burton upon Trent, Cannock, Lichfield, Stafford, Tamworth and Wombourne, although the geographic area is largely rural.