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Health unit closing Alliston sexual health clinic end of March

Feb 02, 2016
SOUTH SIMCOE - The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit will be closing its sexual health clinic in Alliston effective April 1st, 2016. This is due to a provincial funding shortfall, as well as decreasing demand for services at the clinic in recent years.

SOUTH SIMCOE - The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit will be closing its sexual health clinic in Alliston effective April 1st, 2016. This is due to a provincial funding shortfall, as well as decreasing demand for services at the clinic in recent years.

“It is with regret that we have decided to close the clinic but the provincial freeze of our budget, which is expected to continue for some years to come, means that we need to rationalize where and the way in which we conduct our services,” said Dr. Charles Gardner, Medical Officer of Health for the health unit. “We made this decision after a thorough review of the program, noting that these services are available at a number of other health care providers in southern Simcoe County, and at our sexual health clinics in Barrie and Collingwood.”

Members of the community can also continue to contact the health unit for information and counseling on our Health Connection telephone service at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 or at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.

The Alliston clinic, located on Victoria Street, has operated since 2005, offering testing, birth control and sexual health information, with a mandate to reduce the incidence of and complications from sexually transmitted infections, and to assist clients who may be uncomfortable – or unable – to access sexual health services elsewhere. A recent review of the program however, showed that a number of factors, including increased venues for people to access sexual health services and information, have reduced demand for service at the clinic.  

To better understand the public health needs of South Simcoe the health unit is conducting an assessment to inform operations with the goal of ensuring that the health unit is delivering services to South Simcoe communities efficiently, effectively and in the most appropriate location. The survey portion of the assessment will be carried out later this month.

The decision to close the clinic was supported by the Board of Health at their January meeting.

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