sexual health

4 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Helyn Clack, Bill Chapman, Helen Atkinson, Kate Shields, Ken Gulati, Claire Murdoch, Philip Hammond, Kwasi Kwarteng, Duncan Selbie, Dr Andy Brooks, David Hodge

Keep Blanche Heriot Unit at St Peter's Hospital Open

Blanche Heriot Unit at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey has been serving the people of North Surrey for 25 years but is now threatened with closure. The Unit provides services in sexual health, HIV and other areas of genito-urinary medicine with some 15,000 attendances in 2016. These include patients with other health issues such as vulva/genital dermatology, cancer and pre-cancer and chronic pelvic pain.  In addition to the clinics held at the Blanche Heriot Unit itself, clinics are held every week in 5 local prisons and at Royal Holloway, University of London. The Blanche Heriot Unit also provides inpatient HIV services at St Peter’s and works closely with the neonatal unit. The Blanche Heriot Unit is currently run by Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust but is now caught up in a contract jointly commissioned by Surrey County Council and NHS England for sexual health and HIV services in Surrey. There was only one bidder for this contract - Central & North West London NHS Trust (CNWL). CNWL have committed to run the Surrey contract at a saving of £2million per annum over 3 years. CNWL have indicated that they will not be retaining services at the Blanche Heriot Unit but have given no indication as to how these services will be provided elsewhere to the same high standard and level of accessibility. The contract was due to start on 1 April 2017 but CNWL have already run into problems in the “mobilisation” stage causing Surrey County Council to extend the existing services at the Blanche Heriot Unit by six months. However this is only a temporary reprieve. The Unit, and the services it provides, remain under threat. The decision makers in this process have not engaged with, or consulted, the patients who depend on the Blanche Heriot Unit. This is your opportunity to ensure that the patient voice is heard. Sign & share the petition. Write to your MP. Make the case for the Blanche Heriot Unit and its dedicated, expert staff to continue to serve the people of North Surrey. If you would like to get more involved with the campaign contact us on Thank you for your support.

Blanche Heriot Unit Patients
2,887 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago


Bring SEXPO Back To Adelaide!

"SEXPO® Health, Sexuality & Lifestyle Expo is the world's longest-running adult exhibition and is designed to provide a fun, vibrant and safe environment for open-minded adults. SEXPO® is not just about sex - it's about celebrating all lifestyles and sexualities."As someone who lives in Adelaide, and has for their entire life; I haven't had the opportunity to experience a major amount of festivals, events and exhibits that Australia has to offer because they aren't available in Adelaide. We are beyond limited for Entertainment, Music, Festivals and so much more because we simply don't have enough interest or funding to keep anything in Adelaide. - Charlene Burns, Gawler SA.Sexpo, unfortunately shut down in Adelaide before I became of age. I was only months away from being able to experience everything my friends whom were of age, got to experience for whatever reasons they chose to go; and then a huge amount of my friends who were underage along side me, also missed out on a huge amount of events that have been shut down in Adelaide since becoming of age, or having the chance to go! Sexpo have asked me to start a petition, to bring it back to Adelaide! Who knows, maybe this will be the beginning of Adelaide getting all it's glory back; South Australia deserves to have just as much entertainment and leisure, as the rest of Australia!BRING BACK ALL OUR FUN STUFF!!Sign the petition, and lets get our RADELAIDE back!Side Note; *I regularly tweet this petition out via @wubcharlotte and am contacted by Sexpo on Twitter at this account, if you wish to keep up to date with my communications about the return of Sexpo.

Silver Matriarch
57 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to Ruth Hutchison, Helyn Clack, Bill Chapman, Helen Atkinson, Kate Shield, Chllr Peter Martin

Stop Frimley Park Hospital GU Clinic Closing

I've  recently found out that my local GU clinic at Frimley Park Hospital is closing. Surrey County Council awarded the Surrey Sexual Health contract to CNWL and not only is Frimley Park Hospital affected by this but also Leatherhead Hospital, St. Peters Hospital and Epsom too. The Frimley GU clinic sees approximately 8,000 patients annually and is now telling each and every one of their patients that they will no longer be able to go there and worst of all it's happening in a few months! The staff from the receptionists to the health workers are amazing ! They make you feel at ease, you build a rapport with your Dr and gain trust and it's a place you can always receive the best care and advice at all times and it's about to be lost. The impact within the community will be very damaging not only to the patients currently receiving treatment but for anyone in the future as there will be nowhere local to visit for treatment. Where are ALL these patients suppose to go ???? Other resources will have more pressure placed upon them which will effect their working environment ! According to the new contract the options are possibly: Redhill 50 miles round trip an approx 1hr 40 mins car journey.Woking 20 miles round trip and 50 mins car journey or Guildford 30 miles round trip and approx 1hr 10 mins. If you're lucky to even own a car or not too sick to drive. HIV is consistently on the rise along with other STIs, unplanned pregnancies and genital skin conditions. All treated in this local GU Department. Hasn't anyone considered the impact on the patients who could be extremely ill having to travel to Redhill for treatment or someone newly diagnosed will not reach out and will become ill and eventually will become a statistic within society! What happens to the patients that get admitted with these conditions where do they go if there is no department or doctors on site? What will happen is a rise in deaths (due to not be able to access this service and not able to travel ) , a rise in undiagnosed cases ( no local facilities ) and this will impact Surrey Heath in the long run. I'm asking you to please sign the petition to prevent our GU Clinic from closing and to stop cutting valuable resources to treat sick, ill and dying patients . We don't deserve to have our funding cut and to be cast aside.    

Maria Ford
383 supporters
Update posted 12 months ago

Petition to The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, The Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Nicola Blackwood MP, Philip Dunne MP, DAVID MOWAT MP, Lord Prior of Brampton

Make contraception safe for women and men

It’s 2016. Why do we still struggle to have effective safe birth control methods, where both sexes have responsibility over their reproductive health? As young women wanting to have control over our reproductive health, we feel it comes at far too great a cost. It has made us wonder, why is the onus placed on women, and why is male contraception still unavailable? Furthermore, why must we risk our health to prevent unwanted pregnancy? That is why, we call on the UK government to make contraception safer. This recent article published by The Independent on the Friday 28th October 2016, illustrates that contraception deserves more attention.  It discusses the year-long trial of a male contraceptive injection, that was carried out on 320 men. Of these, 20 experienced ‘unbearable’ side effects including: depression/mood swings and acne. This led to the trial being halted, while further research is conducted to reduce these symptoms. Below are the side effects of the most popular and long-standing female contraceptive pill, Microgynon 30: Less serious side effects: nausea, stomach pain, depression/mood swings, weight gain, painful breasts, headaches. Serious side effects: harmful blood clots i.e. deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke, breast cancer, cervical cancer, mini-stroke, blood clots in liver, stomach/intestine, kidneys or eye.  Ultimately, this illustrates the inequality that pervades reproductive health; female contraceptives, which are currently available pose far greater health risks. Despite this, there has been no effort to revise female contraception and make safer, more favourable alternatives than those available now.  It is not ok that such health risks are posed to women. We call upon the UK Government to: Revise contraceptives currently available and ensure that contraception is a safe and shared responsibility. Improve education on female contraception, and the side effects/health risks that are entailed. Please sign this petition, and help push to make contraception safer for all. Thank you, Cleo & Jess

C. Fabian-Burch & J. Kirby
1,112 supporters