Health clinic rebranded
REMOVES STIGMA OF ATTENDING
FREMANTLE Hospital’s sexual health clinic has undergone a makeover in an attempt to get more young people through the doors.
The newly branded South Terrace Clinic has received a colourful lick of paint and a move to a new location in A Block, giving patients access to its services without having to walk through the hospital.
Sexual Health consultant Dr Lewis Marshall said on top of being easier to locate, the new name was chosen to reduce the stigma associated with attending the service.
“The move to the front of the hospital on South Terrace has enabled the clinic to become a more youth-friendly stand-alone service,” he said.
“People under the age of 25 account for two thirds of all notifications for chlamydia in the State, so they are a high risk target group that need services and it is important the South Terrace Clinic is able to adequately respond to their needs.
“Unfortunately STIs still have a stigma associated with them so a neutral sounding name was considered important to provide some anonymi- ty for those using the clinic or those seeking the clinic’s location and services.”
A walk-in clinic will run every Wednesday afternoon to allow people under 26 the chance to be seen without an appointment.
All services at the clinic are free, including diagnosis and treatment, and a Medicare card is not needed. It is in Fremantle Hospital’s A Block and can be called on 9431 2149.
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Nurse Jan-Marie Grantham, Dr Lewis Marshall and nurse practitioner Donna Keeley.