NHS Greater Glasgow has today officially launched the first in a series of expanded new community clinics which will bring improved sexual and reproductive healthcare to the doorsteps of thousands of Glaswegians.
Based in the community wing of Govanhill Health Centre, Sandyford Southeast opened its doors to the public this morning as the first in what will be a series of "Hub" services in Glasgow, all linked to the groundbreaking Sandyford Initiative in the city centre.
As the first patients arrived for appointments, the launch was welcomed by Associate Director of the Sandyford Initiative, Rosie Ilett; "I am absolutely thrilled that we're welcoming the first clients through the doors of Sandyford Southeast. It's a fantastic development that will bring the best of the care we offer at the Sandyford out to local health centres.
"From today, sexual and reproductive healthcare will be available for people in the Southeast of the city, right here in Govanhill. Women, men and young people will all be able to get the same quality of care in the heart of their own community, without having to make the trip in to the city centre."
The new facility is at the forefront of an evolution in the delivery of sexual and reproductive healthcare within NHS Greater Glasgow. The landmark new development marks the latest stage in the development of a network which will support the pioneering Sandyford Initiative in bringing sexual and reproductive healthcare out to Glasgow's communities.
For several years, more than twenty locally-based clinics were available in the city, the majority specialising in reproductive care for women. Throughout this time, there has been very little for men, or young people, outside the city centre Sandyford.
The development of Sandyford Southeast, and, in time, the other Hubs, is aimed at ensuring services are used by people of all ages and from every background.
National Co-ordinator of the Men's Health Forum, Mark Ward, said: "This is a fantastic step forward for men's health. We are very hopeful that Sandyford Southeast will be well used by all sections of the community, and we're pleased to see that staff are trying very hard to make this happen.
"Innovations like having sessions just for men, for example, will go a long way towards achieving that goal. We wish Sandyford Southeast every success."
Services such as family planning, tests and treatment for sexual infections, counselling and health information will all be available from Sandyford Southeast. Help and information will also be available in languages other than English, such as Urdu and Punjabi. Men, women and young people using the service will also be able to take advantage of links in to other parts of NHS Greater Glasgow.
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* For more information contact Annalena Winslow at NHS Greater Glasgow Communications on 0141 201 4447.