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Right Arrow Clinics bring sexual health care closer to patients
03 June 2014 at 13:58

Clinics providing sexual health services are changing to take care closer to patients.

From this week (2 June 2014) sexual health services in Sefton will be delivered from five clinics where patients can “drop in” or make an appointment (see note 1).

The services provided by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will include screening, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, cervical cytology and the full range of contraceptive choices including emergency contraception.

In West Lancashire, two appointment-only clinics will run from Hants Lane in Ormskirk and from Skelmersdale NHS Walk-in Centre.

Dr Paula Briggs, Locum Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health, said: “We’re bringing responsive sexual health care closer to where people live which will improve access to care, which is at the core of health and well being. Wherever possible, patients will receive assessment and treatment during the same visit.

“We hope that the new service will make it easier to speak to clinicians with a range of sexual health expertise. The change in the way the service delivers care aims to make it easier for service users to access the help they require in all aspects of sexual health care. We value patient feedback and will respond accordingly to the needs of the local population.”

The changes mean the walk-in service at Southport hospital will become an appointment-only service for patients with more complex genitourinary problems.

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

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1. Our clinics offer a choice of walk-in services and appointments. If you require an appointment please telephone the desired clinic. There is more information at


Appointment-only clinics are available at Hants Lane clinic, Ormskirk, L39 1PX, on Monday between 2pm and 5.30pm (01695 588340) and at the NHS Walk-In Centre at the Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LJ between 9.30am and 12.30pm (01695 588640).

2. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and provide community healthcare services for adults in Sefton and West Lancashire. We have a budget of £181m and employ 3,300 staff. In 2012/13, our staff saw 247,605 outpatients; treated 60,635 inpatients; supported the birth of 3,043 babies; and attended to 98,163 urgent care cases.