‘Health mat­ters’ open ses­sion is a guide to fam­ily plan­ning

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

VI­TAL in­for­ma­tion about sex­ual health and con­tra­cep­tion will be ex­plored at a free public lec­ture next week.

The ‘Sex­ual Health Mat­ters’, talk at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal at 7pm on Tues­day, July 7, will take peo­ple on a typ­i­cal pa­tient jour­ney through East Cheshire NHS Trust’s sex­ual health depart­ment and look at how sex­ual health is­sues im­pact on in­di­vid­u­als and the com­mu­nity.

The East Cheshire Cen­tre for Sex­ual Health pro­vides in­for­ma­tion, con­tra­cep­tion and screen­ing, di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions.

The ses­sion will also pro­vide use­ful in­for­ma­tion on con­tra­cep­tion and fam­ily plan­ning aimed at peo­ple of all ages, in­clud­ing those in long-term re­la­tion­ships.

It will be de­liv­ered by Dr Jen­nifer Heath­cote – a clin­i­cal doc­tor in sex­ual health who has worked at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal for 30 years, al­most all of them in sex­ual health and fam­ily plan­ning.

Dr Heath­cote is also the trust’s gen­eral train­ing pro­gramme di­rec­tor for sex­ual health qual­i­fi­ca­tions in Mac­cles­field, train­ing lo­cal GPs, med­i­cal stu­dents and ob­stet­rics and gy­nae­col­ogy trainees in sex­ual health.

She said: “Sex­ual health is im­por­tant for ev­ery­one, at a per­sonal level and for us as a com­mu­nity.

“Most of the pop­u­la­tion re­quire some form of con­tra­cep­tion at some stage in their lives, ei­ther to pre­vent preg­nancy or as a bar­rier to re­duce the risk of sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions.

“Come and find out what the sex­ual health ser­vice has to of­fer, find out whether your con­tra­cep­tion op­tions are right for you and learn some­thing new that could have a last­ing im­pact on you or a mem­ber of your fam­ily.”

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