Former King’s Lynn passport office to become sexual health clinic

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Lynn’s former passport office could become a one stop shop for sexual health under new plans.

Cambridgeshire Community NHS Trust is looking to transform the office in Vancouver House, County Court Road, into a £350,000 integrated contraception and sexual health services clinic.

The trust has been granted a tender to provide sexual health services in Norfolk with hubs opening in Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

A change of use planning application has been submitted to West Norfolk Council and the clinic could open in the autumn.

Sexual Health service are currently run from Genito Urinary Medicine (GUM) at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital and staff will be transferring to the new site once it is up and running.

A spokesman for the trust said: “The planning application in Lynn is a step towards providing integrated one-stop shop services across Norfolk and to improve access to these important services. These new clinics will break from tradition to offer contraception and sexual health services in one place.

“By providing a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all aspects of sexual health, available from easily accessible locations across the county, we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for Norfolk residents – regardless of where they live, work or study – to get confidential support and treatment for a whole range of sexual health issues closer to home.

“This is about providing a more accessible service for local people so that they can come for one appointment and deal with all issues relating to their continued good sexual health. It is about bringing services together that would have previously been in hospitals and the community, it is not about saving money.”

The planning application requests permission to provide five clinic rooms and an administration office on the ground floor.

There will also be a restricted staff area which will include a lab room, a staff meeting room and a “breakout” space.

No alterations will be made to the outside of the building and there will be just eight parking spaces for staff use only.

The application said: “With the proposed facility serving the local population, it is expected that the majority of the patients will arrive via foot, cycle or by bus. For those that do travel by car, on street car parking is available along County Court Road and within the local area.”

The hospital has not yet made a decision on what the current GUM clinic will be used for once the new site is running.