A contraceptive clinic in Northampton town centre is to close and move to a site inside the town’s hospital, NHS plans have revealed.
The Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) is currently reviewing the contraceptive and sexual health services that it delivers across the county and is planning to shut down the contraceptive clinic in St Giles Street.
The services offered at the town centre clinic will be moved to the Genito-Urinary Clinic (GUM) at Northampton General Hospital.
As part of the changes to existing services, opening times will also be extended at clinics in Weston Favell, Daventry, Corby, Rushden and Wellingborough. It is proposed that some of the clinics will open from 7.30am to 7pm and will also open on Saturdays.
Dr Lynn Riddell, consultant and clinical director for NHFT integrated sexual health services, said: “NHFT is seeking to complement the contraceptive services that their GP colleagues already provide.
“By reducing the current duplication and by offering integrated services, released resources can be better used to develop specialist services that can currently be difficult for patients to access.
Dawn Wright, director of the Lowdown youth counselling service in Northampton, feared the change in location of the clinic may lead to less people using it.
She said: “It is a shame, even though people can still go to the hospital. It will mean a number of people might not use the service as they might not want to go into the hospital.”
People wishing to complete a survey on the plans can go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/contraceptiveservices
The survey is open until midnight on Monday, September 9.