Sexual health clinic at Blackburn Hospital to close

A SEXUAL health clinic at Royal Blackburn Hospital is set to close with patients directed to Burnley until a replacement venue is agreed.

Health chiefs hope the Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinic will reopen at the Barbara Castle Way Health Centre in Blackburn next year, but this is yet to be confirmed.

The GUM clinic, which includes testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV testing, contraception advice and also emergency contraception, will hold its final drop-in session on Thursday.

Hospital bosses said the closure will create valuable space at the Royal Blackburn to improve emergency care and to cope with winter pressures.

The GUM clinic’s staff will move over to the St Peter’s Centre in Burnley until a new Blackburn base is agreed.

Vanessa Hollings, divisional general manager of family care at the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this temporary relocation may cause.

“Our priority is to ensure that the patients using the GUM service continue to receive the quality of care that we have always delivered.”

The space created at the hospital will enable paients who come into hospital as an emergency to be treated in an outpatient setting.

Mrs Hollings added: “We hope that people will understand that by moving the GUM clinic, it will allow us to provide an additional service for patients who need care at one of the busiest times of the year.”

Coun Mohammed Khan, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: “We will be working closely with our health partners to ensure a new permanent location is found for the GUM clinic as soon as possible.”

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4:31pm Tue 10 Dec 13

easypeasy says...

The sooner this reopens in Blackburn the better as it doesnt encourage the younger generation to follow safe sex. Situating it in Burnley although only temporary, will see numbers drop. How many will be willing to travel to Burnley.
The sooner this reopens in Blackburn the better as it doesnt encourage the younger generation to follow safe sex. Situating it in Burnley although only temporary, will see numbers drop. How many will be willing to travel to Burnley. easypeasy

5:23pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I wish more people would visit GUM after unprotected sex on one night stands, don't just hope it might not happen to you make sure and get checked out, it's totally confidential and does not take long, leave about 2 weeks after the event before you make an appointment or you will probably have to go back at a later date.
I wish more people would visit GUM after unprotected sex on one night stands, don't just hope it might not happen to you make sure and get checked out, it's totally confidential and does not take long, leave about 2 weeks after the event before you make an appointment or you will probably have to go back at a later date. Michael@ClitheroeSince58

5:27pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Fire Fly says...

easypeasy wrote:
The sooner this reopens in Blackburn the better as it doesnt encourage the younger generation to follow safe sex. Situating it in Burnley although only temporary, will see numbers drop. How many will be willing to travel to Burnley.
If people can't be bothered to use protection in the first place then I'd rather they had the inconvenience of traveling rather than have a conveniently situated clinic & poorly people having to travel
[quote][p][bold]easypeasy[/bold] wrote: The sooner this reopens in Blackburn the better as it doesnt encourage the younger generation to follow safe sex. Situating it in Burnley although only temporary, will see numbers drop. How many will be willing to travel to Burnley.[/p][/quote]If people can't be bothered to use protection in the first place then I'd rather they had the inconvenience of traveling rather than have a conveniently situated clinic & poorly people having to travel Fire Fly

12:50am Wed 11 Dec 13

Sajdin says...

Fire Fly wrote:
easypeasy wrote:
The sooner this reopens in Blackburn the better as it doesnt encourage the younger generation to follow safe sex. Situating it in Burnley although only temporary, will see numbers drop. How many will be willing to travel to Burnley.
If people can't be bothered to use protection in the first place then I'd rather they had the inconvenience of traveling rather than have a conveniently situated clinic & poorly people having to travel
Agreed,
[quote][p][bold]Fire Fly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]easypeasy[/bold] wrote: The sooner this reopens in Blackburn the better as it doesnt encourage the younger generation to follow safe sex. Situating it in Burnley although only temporary, will see numbers drop. How many will be willing to travel to Burnley.[/p][/quote]If people can't be bothered to use protection in the first place then I'd rather they had the inconvenience of traveling rather than have a conveniently situated clinic & poorly people having to travel[/p][/quote]Agreed, Sajdin

5:14pm Wed 11 Dec 13

easypeasy says...

Fire Fly wrote:
easypeasy wrote:
The sooner this reopens in Blackburn the better as it doesnt encourage the younger generation to follow safe sex. Situating it in Burnley although only temporary, will see numbers drop. How many will be willing to travel to Burnley.
If people can't be bothered to use protection in the first place then I'd rather they had the inconvenience of traveling rather than have a conveniently situated clinic & poorly people having to travel
Totally inappropiate comment sex makes the world go round so the easier for the younsters of today to access these kind of establishments the better. Pull you head out of the sand & grow up
[quote][p][bold]Fire Fly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]easypeasy[/bold] wrote: The sooner this reopens in Blackburn the better as it doesnt encourage the younger generation to follow safe sex. Situating it in Burnley although only temporary, will see numbers drop. How many will be willing to travel to Burnley.[/p][/quote]If people can't be bothered to use protection in the first place then I'd rather they had the inconvenience of traveling rather than have a conveniently situated clinic & poorly people having to travel[/p][/quote]Totally inappropiate comment sex makes the world go round so the easier for the younsters of today to access these kind of establishments the better. Pull you head out of the sand & grow up easypeasy

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