Edward Timpson MP joins staff to mark the official opening of Eagle Bridge Centre for Sexual Health
Crewe MP unveils new sexual health centre for Cheshire East
19 July 2016

Crewe MP Edward Timpson officially opened the brand new, state-of-the-art Eagle Bridge Centre for Sexual Health on Friday (July 15th).

Mr Timpson unveiled the purpose-built facility within Eagle Bridge Health and Wellbeing Centre at an event featuring staff, local GPs, stakeholders and local business owners who are helping to promote sexual health awareness.

The new centre was created as part of a £11.3 million, five-year contract awarded to East Cheshire Trust by Cheshire East Council last year to provide sexual health services across the local authority footprint.  Being based on Dunwoody Way in central Crewe, the centre offers a more accessible location for local residents and also features longer opening hours and an emergency advice line for access on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

The centre also serves as a base from which the trust can provide services from more community locations including pharmacies. Guests as the grand opening were treated to a tour of the centre and heard speeches from attendees including Cheshire East Council’s Public Health Commissioning Manager Joanne Sutton and Joe Kabyemela, the clinical director of the trust’s Women and Children Service Line who is also an obstetrician and gynaecology consultant.

Mr Timpson then gave a commemorative talk and unveiled the official plaque marking the launch of the service. Commenting on the launch, Mr Timpson, who is also Minister for Children and Families, said: "Whilst teenage pregnancies are at a record low, and the treatment available for STDs has improved markedly, there is still much more that needs to be done to promote sexual health and help prevent it deteriorating in the first place—particularly amongst the high risk groups. 

"The consequences of poor sexual health can be devastating. That's why having this new, state of the art, pioneering sexual health clinic situated in the heart of our community at Eagle Bridge Health and Wellbeing Centre is so important."

Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council’s Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Council welcomes the opening of the new integrated sexual health service at Eagle Bridge Health and Wellbeing Centre.  The services provided at the centre will play an important role in improving sexual health outcomes for residents, including reducing unwanted pregnancies and controlling the spread of sexually transmitted infections.  We particularly welcome the improved accessibility of the new service.”

East Cheshire NHS Trust Chief Executive John Wilbraham said: “We are delighted to open the new centre and hope it helps increase accessibility for people using sexual health and contraception services in and around Crewe.

“The trust now provides sexual health services across a wide geographical footprint, stretching from Ellesmere Port in the North through to the Staffordshire border in the South, so clients using this centre will benefit from shared experience and expertise from many different sites.”

As part of the new sexual health service, the trust has commissioned a campaign – Go Sexual Health or ‘gosh’ - to raise awareness of contraception and help reduce rates of sexually transmitted infections. Gosh has also seen partnership formed with dozens of key local businesses and organisations including gyms, bars, colleges and nightclubs to help raise awareness among their customer, students and members.

This approach has also been taken across the Cheshire West and Chester local authority footprint, which East Cheshire NHS Trust also provides sexual health and contraception services.

For more information on the ‘gosh’ campaign, sexual health and clinics in the area, please visit www.gosexualhealth.co.uk or follow @gosexualhealth