Building on more than 25 years’ experience delivering young people’s services across the county, and over 55 years nationwide, Brook is well placed to understand challenges and meet the needs of Cornwall’s unique population.
Working in partnership with SH:24, an award-winning supplier of digital sexual health and reproductive services, we will provide a unique blend of online and face-to-face provision fit for the digital age.
The new integrated model will take a life course approach, with a strong focus on education, early intervention and prevention for children, young people and those at risk. Adults will have access to a 24/7 digital service, alongside walk-in and appointment clinics across Cornwall.
Louise Carrington, Brook’s Director of Operations, says:
“By investing in mechanisms for self-care, we will equip people in Cornwall with the skills and confidence to manage their own sexual health and wellbeing.
"Residents remain at the heart of our vision for this innovative model and we are committed to ensuring a seamless transition between services for users, and for staff.
"We are really looking forward to working with residents, local partners and commissioners, to design and deliver a holistic service that meets the individual sexual health needs of those in the community.”
Cornwall Council’s Deputy Director for Public Health, Steve Brown said:
“It’s important that people have access to good quality sexual health and wellbeing services. Poor sexual health leads to inequality, and can have negative impacts on physical, emotional and social health. People will also be able to use an online testing service, making it much easier for people in Cornwall to access sexual health services. Brook is already an established and trusted provider for young people’s sexual health services in Cornwall and SH:24 is an award-winning supplier of digital sexual health and reproductive services”
SH:24 Clinical Director, Paula Baraitser, said:
"Research shows that online services improve access for all populations but in rural settings where travel to clinics can be difficult, 24/7 online services is particularly important. We look forward to working with Brook on this innovative service”
From 2 December full details will be available at sexualhealthcornwall.co.uk
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Notes to editors
Brook believes that young people should have access to great sexual health services and wellbeing support.
Brook provides free and confidential sexual health information, contraception, pregnancy testing, advice and counselling, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and education programmes, reaching nearly 235,000 young people nationwide every year.
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