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Waiting times ‘double’ at sexual health clinic

06 October, 2017 — By Emily Finch

The Archway Centre in Holloway Road

SEXUAL health clinic visitors have seen a near doubling in waiting times after the closure of services for over-25s in nearby Haringey.

The Archway Centre in Holloway Road offers a variety of services which includes sexual health check-ups for those with and without symptoms, and contraception advice. Users must book services online.

“I nearly walked out after waiting for an hour and a half,” said one 26-year-old service user at the Archway clinic, who wished to remain anonymous.

“It’s a ridiculous amount of time to have to wait, for people with jobs or kids. I even booked the appointment online two weeks in advance.”

She added: “I spoke to the nurse and she said it was because of the closure of services at Haringey that people had to wait almost double what it was before. They said they were worried people wouldn’t bother getting checked and therefore spread disease.”

Sexual health treatments at Haringey’s St Ann’s Hospital, Tynemouth Road Health Centre, and Hornsey Central Health Centre stopped in July.

Services for Haringey, Islington, Camden, Barnet and Hackney are jointly provided by the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) as part of an overall service paid for by each borough.

A Haringey Council spokeswoman said: “We know that the way people choose to access sexual health services has changed, which is why we have worked with CNWL to improve services to better meet demand and offer easier access to state-of-the-art facilities.

“We continue to fund services for all Haringey residents, regardless of where they choose to access services. This includes the state-of-the-art facilities at Archway Clinic and Mortimer Market Centre, where additional staff have also been employed to help meet any increase in demand.”

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