A new sexual, reproductive and emotional health care service has begun seeing patients at Springburn Health Centre. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Sandyford North is the latest in a series of satellite clinics of the award-winning Sandyford Initiative in the city centre. The new service is part of an ongoing plan to deliver the best of sexual and reproductive healthcare to thousands of people across Greater Glasgow and Clyde within their own communities.
The new facility brings together and builds upon the existing family planning and sexual health services in the north of the city, replacing clinics at Possilpark and Maryhill. It offers a number of services for men, women and young people under one roof in the area for the first time. Care and support for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy testing, and a number of other specialist services are just some of the expert provision available.
Dr Alison Bigrigg, Clinical Director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Sandyford Initiative, said: “Sandyford North will bring the very best of sexual, reproductive and emotional health care to the doorstep of people living in the north of the city. We’ve assembled a great team to work here and we hope everyone living locally will make use of our services.
“Sandyford North offers free, confidential walk-in sexual health services for men, women and young people. It means these services will be available three days a week in the heart of Springburn, and one evening each week too. We think being able to access help close to home is very important, and that’s exactly what Sandyford North will allow people in the north of Glasgow to do.”
Access to information is a vital part of Sandyford North. Among the range of other services on offer at Sandyford North are advice, information, counselling, free internet access and a library. The library service is linked to Glasgow City Council and provides books and leaflets on all aspects of health in a relaxed and sensitive environment.
Sandyford North is the fourth to open of a planned series of “hubs” of the Sandyford Initiative, part of a network of satellite clinics serving local communities throughout NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. For several years, the majority of the locally-based clinics have specialised in reproductive care for women and until the opening of Sandyford Southeast in Govanhill in 2005, there was very little for men or young people outside the city centre. Sandyford North is part of an effort to ensure the Sandyford’s care is available to people to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Dedicated clinics for women, men and young people will be available to local people on both a scheduled and drop-in basis. Free condoms and lubricant, contraception, emergency contraception, specialist menopause and gynaecology clinics and a youth priority service are also provided. Translation services can be provided for speakers of a variety of languages if necessary.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.