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Success of sexual health clinic highlighted

Letterkenny General Hospital sexual health / GUM clinic staff (l to r) Prof Wallace Dinsmore, GUM Consultant and Sonya Keeny, Clinical Nurse Manager. Also pictured are Brigid McGinty, Programme Manager, CAWT and Marian Martin, Project Manager, CAWT cross border sexual health/GUM project.

Letterkenny General Hospital sexual health / GUM clinic staff (l to r) Prof Wallace Dinsmore, GUM Consultant and Sonya Keeny, Clinical Nurse Manager. Also pictured are Brigid McGinty, Programme Manager, CAWT and Marian Martin, Project Manager, CAWT cross border sexual health/GUM project.

The sexual health clinic in Letterkenny General Hospital treated 888 new patients in its first two years.

As details of a patient survey on cross border clinics were revealed this week, the HSE are encouraging people who might which to have a routine sexual health check-up to make contact.

Thisspecialist sexual health clinic in Letterkenny (also known as the genito urinary medicine or GUM clinic) was established in September 2011 with European Union funding, secured by Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT), the cross border health services partnership.

CAWT drew down €1.95 million from the EU INTERREG IVA programme to invest in new and additional sexual health/GUM clinics across the border region in seven locations.

An independent assessment carried out by consultants, FGS McClure Watters, has found that the new sexual health clinics are providing excellent services, based upon the feedback from those who have accessed them. For example, in a patient survey across all the new clinics set up, 98% of respondents rated the clinic as either ‘very good’ or ‘good.’

The services at Letterkenny Hospital GUM clinic are free of charge to the patient, and mean that people living in Donegal and surrounding areas now have better access to high quality sexual health services. The clinics are managed and run by a specialist team providing a comprehensive service for people concerned about sexually transmitted infections and their sexual health in general. All aspects of the service, from treatment to any medication prescribed, are provided directly by the GUM clinic, thus ensuring total confidentiality for the patient.

Letterkenny General Hospital GUM clinic is located at the Outpatients Department and runs from 5.30pm to 9.30pm on Thursday evenings. Appointments can be made by telephoning a dedicated telephone line at 074 91 23715. Alternatively, people can secure an appointment by referral from a GP or other healthcare professional.

 

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