Contraception and sexual health services in Bedford took their relationship to the next level and moved in together.
Services previously delivered from Bridge House at Bedford Hospital, Broadway House, The Broadway and Union Street, moved under one roof in bespoke premises at Kings Brook*.
Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust has been delivering integrated Contraception and Sexual Health services (known as iCaSH Bedfordshire) in partnership with Brook and Terrence Higgins Trust since November 2016.
Jo Radnor, service manager for iCaSH Bedfordshire said: “Kings Brook supports our model to provide an integrated service in one easily accessible, town centre location. The move also allows us to introduce more innovative ways for patients to access testing for sexually transmitted infections.
“The team in Bedfordshire joined an organisation that successfully runs iCaSH services in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk. This provides a unique opportunity to share learning, best practice and innovation across East Anglia.”
The move also included the HIV service from Bedford Hospital, as the Trust began delivering the service on 1 April 2017. The psychosexual service at Union Street in Bedford also relocated, making Kings Brook a one stop shop in Bedford.
iCaSH Bedfordshire provides all aspects of sexual health, including contraception, STI testing & treatment, HIV treatment and care and psychosexual services, available from easily accessible venues across the county.
In addition to the hub in Bedford, which is open to all Bedfordshire residents, there are additional clinics across the county in Biggleswade, Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard with further provision being developed in the coming year. Please visit www.icash.nhs.uk/where-to-go for more information.
*Kings Brook, 5 St Johns Street, Bedford, MK42 0AH