NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde's Sandyford Johnstone clinic has opened a dedicated sexual health clinic aimed specifically at men.
Opened in April 2015 following a refurbishment of the Johnstone Clinic, Sandyford Johnstone offers men only appointments every Wednesday between 9.30am-2pm.
Services include sexual health checks, vaccinations, advice on personal safety and anonymised testing for blood borne viruses.
Rosie McCluskey, Lead HUB Nurse for Sandyford Renfrewshire, said: “We identified a need to connect with more men in the Johnstone area and from this the decision to offer a clinic exclusively for men was formed.
“In addition to the usual services already in place at the clinic, we’re now holding a weekly clinic dedicated exclusively to men. This has led to a growing number of men in the area using the service and the feedback has been very positive. They’re getting the dedicated service they’re looking for from a nurse trained in sexual health in a non-judgemental setting.
“In the past we had a low turn out amongst men. However, this new service is helping raise public awareness of male sexual health and gives us another chance to promote safe sex and personal safety.
“Anyone attending the service is required to make an appointment, but the sessions are structured in such a way that appointments are easily accessible.
“Screening for blood borne viruses and all testing is carried out confidentially and all the notes from appointments are also treated as confidential and are only passed on to GPs if requested by a patient.
“Testing for sexually transmitted infections and diseases is currently the most popular service and gives the team another opportunity to discuss infection prevention. However, we work with men to further educate them on safe sex practices and risk reduction.
“The staff can talk about personal safety and risk reduction as we see an increase in men meeting other people through dating apps and social media. This is especially relevant for men who are just starting to meet and date other men.”
A range of sexual health services, including the clinic for men, are available at the Johnstone Clinic, 60 Quarry Street, Johnstone PA5 8EY. Appointments can be made by calling 0141 211 8130. Further details are available at www.sandyford.org