The Russell Institute in Paisley was officially launched last week as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Sandyford Renfrewshire, the latest satellite hub of the award-winning Sandyford service in Glasgow 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 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 the Sandyford Initiative, said: “Sandyford Renfrewshire will bring the very best of sexual, reproductive and emotional health care to the doorstep of people living in Greater Glasgow & Clyde. We’ve assembled a great team to work here and we hope everyone living locally will make use of our services.
“Sandyford Renfrewshire offers free, confidential walk-in sexual health services for men, women and young people. It means these services will be available 5 days a week in the heart of Paisley We think being able to access help close to home is very important, and that’s exactly what Sandyford Renfrewshire will allow people to do.
Access to information is a vital part of Sandyford Renfrewshire. Among the range of other services on offer at Sandyford Renfrewshire are advice, information, counselling, free internet access and a health information books to look at. People can then access those books at their local library.
Sandyford Renfrewshire is part of an effort to ensure the Sandyford’s care is available to people to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Fiona MacKay, Head of Planning and Health Improvement for Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership (CHP) said "Renfrewshire CHP has been fully supportive in the development of local sexual health services and this was a priority for us and our partners in Renfrewshire Council. This new Hub has been developed following extensive consultation with local people and will mean better services and improved sexual health information for Paisley residents."
Brian Caldwell, General Manager of St Mirren Football Club said “St Mirren Football Club are delighted to give their support of Sandyford Renfrewshire in Paisley city centre. We hope that men and boys in the area continue to see this as an accessible resource that they can use and that recognises their needs. Sexual health and wellbeing is really important to both men and women and a service like this can only help to break down barriers."
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 youth priority service are also provided. Interpreting services can be provided for speakers of a variety of languages if necessary.
For more information contact Ruth Henry, Communication and Public Involvement Manager 0141 232 8417 or Rosie Ilett on 0141 232 8426