London's first 7 day a week sexual health centre opens in Southwark

Posted on Wednesday 19 December 2012

Our state-of-the-art sexual health centre on Burrell Street, Southwark, SE1 opened today. It replaces the Lydia clinic which has served the community for 38 years.

With its unique look and feel, the new facility aims to help improve the sexual health of Londoners by taking sexual health services and expert advice to a high street location in the heart of the community.

Burrell Street sexual health centre will be the first in London to open 7-days-a-week offering unrivalled specialist care including: HIV tests in under a minute, sexual health counselling and psychotherapy, a contraception clinic as well as a range of services for the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The clinic will provide a range of services all under one roof and the environment, included specially commissioned artwork funded by the Guy’s and St Thomas’ charity, is designed to put patients at ease.

Burrell Street patients will be seen by the most appropriate doctor or nurse with most results being available the same day or the next day via a dial-in service. Patients can either walk-in or book by phone with online booking to follow in early 2013. 

Anatole Menon-Johansson, consultant and clinical lead for sexual health said: “Burrell Street aims to be a centre fit for the twenty first century and to be a leader in the field of sexual health. It will allow us to bring our expertise directly to patients in a comfortable environment.

“Not only are we London's first seven day a week service, but we hope our great new location will attract many new patients from across London as well as those who previously used the Lydia clinic.”  

“We offer a confidential, high quality, professional service and are delighted to be bringing expertise right into the heart of the community.” 

Latest figures show that Southwark and Lambeth have the third and fourth highest rates of STIs in the UK and some of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Western Europe. With its location in the heart of Southwark, Burrell Street will be well placed to address these important public health issues.

According to the latest figures, over 4,000 people in Lambeth and over 2,900 in Southwark have HIV, which means the boroughs have the highest and second highest rates in the country respectively. Burrell Street offers one minute HIV tests and St Thomas’ is a leading specialist centre providing ongoing support to patients with HIV.

Anatole added: “We have a fantastic team of experts at Burrell Street, and some of the best facilities in Europe.

"There is a continuing stigma surrounding sexual health services, and by taking it out of a hospital, we want people to view looking after their sexual health as routine as visiting the dentist or having their eyes tested.”

Aside from offering great sexual health services, Burrell Street will host events aimed at health professionals, as well as community groups to share knowledge and expertise. The team is also committed to active outreach programmes targeted at schools, community groups and the wider population. 

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