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Sexual health services joined up

Sexual health treatments in the North East have received a boost after bosses agreed to combine many services under one roof.

The £250,000 primary care centre is to be built in Newcastle, and will focus on the needs of patients.

A new genito urinary medicine (GUM) clinic will be based there, and the contraception and sexual health service, currently based at the Graingerville Clinic in Newcastle General Hospital, will also be included.

The move was finally given the green light after Newcastle Primary Care Trust, North Tyneside Primary Care Trust, and Northumberland Care Trust approved an outline business plan.

The location for the site is yet to be decided, although it will be somewhere in the city centre.

It will offer contraception advice, emergency contraception, sterilisation referrals, relationship counselling, and community gynaecology.

Maurya Cushlow, director of community services at Newcastle Primary Care Trust, said: "I am very pleased to see this plan get the go-ahead.

"We have known for some time that the buildings in which our staff provide excellent services are stretched to capacity, and this makes it difficult to provide a service which really meets the complex and changing needs of patients.

"This new centre will really benefit the people of Newcastle."

Newcastle Primary Care Trust

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