• 26Mar

    Libraries providing sexual health services and cancer support

    The Guardian this week has featured a report on partnerships in Coventry that bring sexual health and cancer support services into the community.

    Staff from the Coventry and Warwickshire partnership NHS trust’s integrated sexual health service set up a stand in Coventry’s Central Library every Thursday. They provide testing and sexual health advice.

    Coventry is also working with cancer support charity Macmillan. Last summer, the city installed Macmillan information points in five of its 17 libraries, providing leaflets and CDs.

    They have also delivered training to library staff so they can signpost people on to further sources of information and support.

    Coventry are also part of the ‘books on prescription’ scheme for mental health and dementia. This is a national scheme in which 87% of public library authorities participate and through which GPs and other NHS staff can prescribe a book by printing and signing a form available locally on Coventry and Rugby clinical commissioning group’s GP Gateway intranet.

    You can read the full Guardian article here.