Press Article13/12/2010

Sexual health service launched

A sexual health outreach service has been launched in a college in a bid to offer advice to young people.

The NHS Central Lancashire service will offer confidential advice to students living in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, with no appointment necessary.

Based on the Westbank campus of Skelmersdale College, the service is targeted at under-25s.

People will be able to talk to health professionals about sexual health matters and also arrange new and repeat prescriptions.

The service will also provide pregnancy tests and advice and screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Heather Whittaker, NHS Central Lancashire sexual health nurse, said: "Getting sexual health advice can be scary especially if you are young so having this service in the college is less daunting for them.

"I have 25 years experience working in sexual health. You have to be non-judgemental, empathic and have a sense of humour. Young people can be reassured that they can get a high quality confidential service right on their doorstep."

Sessions will be held in the sports complex first aid room on Tuesdays 9.30am to12.30pm and Fridays 10am to 2pm.

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