Sexual health clinic closed without warning

HYWEL Dda Health Board have closed the University’s sexual health clinic without warning or public explanation.

The clinic, provided by the Health Board to the University, was located in the new Student Wellness Centre on Penglais Hill and provided a drop-in service once a week for students wanting advice, support and other services.

A spokesperson for Hywel Dda said the clinic has been “temporarily suspended until the end of the year due to staff shortages”.

“Every effort is being made to recruit into the vacant posts and the Health Board hopes to be in a position to advertise shortly in order to re-staff the University clinic accordingly”.

But an internal email seen by The Courier alleges that the Health Board “decided to discontinue the Sexual Health Clinic”, and that “staffing shortages for the service as a whole” were to blame. It also alleged that “the future of services in general is under review” and that they “will consider reinstating services on campus in due course”.

Students’ Union Student Support Officer Laura Dickens described the Health Board as “useless”.

“It’s been absolutely disgusting – they haven’t even bothered to get in contact with the Union. It’s all been done through whispers and rumour. They’ve not sat us down and had a decent conversation with us, and they’ve not bothered to consult students on what they want. We’re going to keep up the pressure on Hywel Dda. Elin Jones AM and Mark Williams MP are on the case, and we’ve got a petition underway.

“We’re also looking at opening our own service using funding from Alumni appeals. Hywel Dda are just useless.”