Two more weeks to have your say
The public consultation on how the sexual health services should be run in the future closes on 23rd October. You have two more weeks to share your views.
Gloucestershire County Council launched its consultation in August on sexual health services to find out how our community feels about our plans for the future.
This consultation is an opportunity for the council to hear people's views on four main principles which would form the basis of the sexual health services in the years ahead.
The consultation, which closes in two weeks, will help the council to develop the most effective approaches that inspire people to live healthier lives.
The principles outlined in the consultation include how people should find it easy to access the care they need, regardless of the service they require or the location they attend and that services provide care focused on need thus ensuring those who most need help have access to specialist services targeted to their needs.
The prevention of poor sexual health outcomes is also a priority and key focus in the consultation. This means focusing on preventing people from having poor sexual health outcomes (such as unplanned pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections) through relationship education, access to information, and targeted schemes for vulnerable or high-need groups.
How to maximise the use of technology efficiently and correctly is another aspect of the consultation. It needs to be used to allow people to access services most appropriate for them, and, where possible, choose online or self care. It is important that information is easily accessible to allow individuals to access services most convenient for them and can choose the option of home and self sampling/testing services.
Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health at Gloucestershire County Council, said: "The public only have two more weeks to let us know how they think we should deliver our sexual health services in the future. Making sure that these services meet the needs of all areas of communities is essential, especially for those who are most vulnerable.
"In order for us to understand what people want from our services; we need to hear from them. Your views really do influence our decision making, so please do let us know what you want from the service."
The questionnaire will be available to complete online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/sexualhealth and paper copies will be available from libraries, GP surgeries and pharmacies.