Survey looks to improve health service

Consultation aimed at improving the borough’s sexual health services is nearing an end.

The survey by North Tyneside Council’s public health team will gather views on those services currently available, how and where they are accessed, and how they could be improved.

Current sexual health services include screening and advice on sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy testing, HIV diagnosis, contraceptive services and health promotion.

The public health team is also keen to understand what barriers may prevent people from using local sexual health services and how they can be overcome.

Findings will be used to procure a new integrated sexual health service.

The survey is open until December 19, and is available online at www.northtyneside.gov.uk. Paper copies can be requested by calling (0191) 643 6438.

Coun Lesley Spillard, whose cabinet portfolio covers public health, said: “This consultation is important because we will use whatever residents tell us to procure an effective sexual health service that will best meet their needs.”

“Sexual health is, unfortunately, still seen by many as being a bit of a ‘taboo’ subject, but we want to open up debate and understand how we can get the right sexual health services to the right people at the right time.”