NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) is this morning highlighting the progress made in applying the Scottish Executive's Sexual Health Strategy and Action Plan, Respect and Responsibility.As Health Minister Andy Kerr details the findings of an annual report on the progress made by Health Boards in implementing the Executive's national sexual health strategy, NHSGGC are making public details of some of the most high-profile projects funded by, or meeting the criteria of, the national sexual health strategy.
Within the NHSGGC area, some of the most successful developments in the field of sexual health have included the rolling-out of a series of "hubs" of the award-winning sexual, reproductive and emotional health service, the Sandyford Initiative. Numbering three so far (Sandyford Southeast, Sandyford East and Sandyford Inverclyde), the hubs are satellite clinics that bring the best of the care on offer at the city-centre Sandyford Initiative to local communities throughout NHSGGC.
Since the first of the hubs opened in October 2005 at Govanhill Health Centre, they have put great efforts into expanding the range of services available and attracting a greater number of men and young people to access sexual health services. Specialist clinics catering solely to men, women and young people have been created at all three hubs. At Sandyford Southeast, where a significant proportion of the local population are from ethnic minority communities, an Urdu and Punjabi speaking female doctor is available for a weekly women-only session. A recent open day providing information for Slovakians attracted more than a hundred people.
The Respect and Responsibility funding has also allowed for a number of other improvements to services. The Pharmacies Emergency Contraception Pilot has been operating within Greater Glasgow since January 2005, and accessibility has been greatly extended. A full seven-day service is now available from early mornings until 11pm in some areas of the city. Services improving the access to services for women seeking termination of pregnancy and establishing sources of support for men involved in prostitution have also been developed.
Three projects are also in varying stages of development in conjunction with Glasgow City Council – a Parents Support Project, a Maternity Project Midwife – Teenage Pregnancy and an Education Re-Integration Officer Post.
Clinical Director of the Sandyford Initiative, Dr Alison Bigrigg, said: "While recognising that there is continuing progress to be made in our fulfilling of Respect and Responsibility, we are pleased with the developments that have been made within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde over the last 18 months. More services are available to people more quickly, and at a far more local level than before. We're committed to and working with Glasgow City Council and other local authorities, the voluntary sector and other partners to improve people's access to information, treatment and support on sexual health."
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4447.