Darlington Sexual Health & Contraceptive Services Survey
Healthwatch Darlington are sending out this survey on behalf of Darlington Borough Council (DBC).
DBC has a responsibility to provide free, confidential, contraceptive and sexual health services including HIV and STIs (sexually transmitted infections). The services are contracted out but the Council wants to make sure that these services meet the needs of the residents of Darlington and it is for this reason they are asking you or (on behalf someone else) to complete a short survey.
You do not need to give your name or leave any contact details unless you have a specific question you want a response to. The survey will be available until the 18th December 2017 so please ask your friends to complete it too.
In addition to this survey there will be a number of opportunities for residents of Darlington, service users and staff to comment on services at meetings to be arranged with voluntary sector groups and at drop-in sessions around Darlington. Details of these are still being finalised but the public events will be listed soon.
Key areas for discussion are:
- How can we provide clear information? How can we make information available in the right way for you?
- Where can people get contraception, including emergency contraception? Where could it be provided in the future? It may not be possible to provide everything locally and for more complex treatment it may be necessary to travel. What would this mean for you
- Your sexual health is important but sometimes there are cultural and other barriers that stop people getting help when it is needed. How can we help people feel more comfortable asking for help and getting the service or support that is needed? Are there specific issues that stop you getting help now
- Reducing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STI’s) is a priority but this can be a very sensitive issue. What would make you more comfortable accessing help? Would online chat services help initially?
- What would encourage you to come forward for testing and screening? How would you like to be treated? Would you feel more comfortable in a particular venue
Please contact Public Health if would like this information in another format or for further information via Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01325 406201