Staff from iCaSH Bedfordshire threw open the doors in celebration as invitees gathered at the official opening at Kings Brook in Bedford.
Representatives from the Bedford Blues Community team were happy to help support the event and cut the ribbon.
Ben Gulliver, Head of Blues Community Rugby said: “We’re really pleased to support and be invited to open the iCaSH Bedfordshire hub in the town centre. As a club we are proud to be involved with any positive initiative supporting the community in which we live and work.
“As a Community Rugby department we work and deliver programmes across a very broad and diverse landscape, we would like to congratulate everyone involved in this NHS project, it’s an impressive setup at Kings Brook, thank you for inviting us.”
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.
Local dignitaries from Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire councils, who manage the contract for the service, were impressed by what they saw on the tour.
Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Health, Central Bedfordshire Council said: “‘Taking care of your sexual health is just as important as your physical and mental health; that’s why having top quality facilities this like is so important. It will ensure people can easily access the advice and support they need.”
Councillor Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Bedford Borough Council added: “Looking after your sexual health is important because you can protect yourself and others against infection. Modern and convenient facilities like this will encourage people to attend.”
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.
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.