More community sexual health facilities should be provided to residents of Oldham and neighboring boroughs with the aim of improving access.
Services will be provided by HCRG Care Group and will see more outreach services offered from existing sites.
This is part of a new model offered by the care group which targets vulnerable people and young people.
Sarah Lunt, sexual health and dermatology manager at HCRG Care Group, said it was “great news” for people in Oldham as well as Bury and Rochdale.
She said: “We pride ourselves on changing people’s lives by transforming health and care and this expansion of services will allow us to reach more patients in the heart of their community.”
In Oldham, services will be provided at the Oldham Integrated Care Center on New Radcliffe Street in the town centre.
Improving access to facilities is part of an ongoing transformation program undertaken by HCRG Care Group alongside its partners.
The group has been tasked with providing sexual health services in Oldham and the other two areas by local authorities until April 2027.
Sexual health services in the area are run by the HCRG Care Group on behalf of the local authority.
In December 2021, it was announced that sexual health services in Oldham and the other two areas had been rated by the Care Quality Commission as ‘outstanding’ in patient care and ‘good’ in terms of safety, efficiency, responsiveness and well-being. -LEDs.
Services seek to support vulnerable people and young people in Oldham who are hard to reach within the community.
Some of the services offered include a face-to-face personal service where patients can be seen privately, free PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) prevention services and testing materials that can be ordered online and viewed.
Another service provided is ‘Clinic in a Box’, which was launched during the lockdown and gives people access to contraception and sexual health information at convenient locations in Greater Manchester.
People can visit thesexualhealthhub.co.uk where they can order test kits for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV and syphilis.
Condoms, hormonal emergency contraceptive pills and pregnancy tests are also available online.