Plans approved to move sexual health service
Published on Thursday, February 22, 2018
PLANS have been approved to move the city’s sexual health and contraception service to new premises in the city centre.
The service – which covers Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – is currently based at St Peter’s health centre, in Highfields, but will move to a large, currently empty shop unit in the first floor of the Haymarket centre.
Sexual health services are commissioned by councils as part of their public health remit. Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on public health for Leicester, said: “This is the next stage in our plans to invest in Leicester’s sexual health and contraception services and make them more accessible.
“In other parts of the country, these services have moved to similar city centre locations with much success.
“We will now start planning work on how the new premises will look, and will work with young people and other service users to help develop more detailed designs.
“We’re also considering whether the premises could offer access to other public health services, such as stopping smoking or healthy eating advice – but these are just ideas at the moment.”
St Peter’s health centre was rebuilt in 2006 under a private finance initiative. Rent paid by the sexual health service at this base is £702,000 a year.
The move will mean significantly reduced rental costs, resulting in long-term savings to the council’s revenue budget.
£1.6m has been approved from the council’s capital programme to convert the shop unit into a modern, bright and welcoming base, which will meet clinical standards. This will include fitting out up to 10 consulting rooms for staff to see patients.
The new city centre location will also be easier for people to get to, with better public transport links and parking nearby.
The current clinic based in Highfields has about 28,000 visits a year.
Detailed plans for the premises will now be drawn up, with initial building works due to start in summer 2018.