"Waiting times will put people off"
About: Locala Community Partnerships CIC / Contraception and sexual health (CaSH) Locala Community Partnerships CIC Contraception and sexual health (CaSH) Batley WF17 5PW
Posted by Mary Rose (as ),
I attended to have a sexual health check up, I parked on the road outside the clinic with a one hour waiting time, I completed a form and waited just under an hour when I then moved my car into the car park with a minimum 2 hour charge of £2. 50. I returned to the service, there were limited seats, people were sat on the floor, in doorways and being asked to move, some even sat outside.
I was called by my first name to go to reception after about an hour and a half and asked what my previous address was, no privacy, all around could hear the conversation, I then stood and waited another half an hour or so to be seen.
I was eventually seen by the two nurses and they were so accommodating, respectful and helpful. I shared my opinions and thoughts on the environment that I had been in for the past 2 hours, it was crowded, undignified and there were no differences between sexual health clinics or family planning. The building could not accommodate the people needing to use the service and many were turned away asking they come another day until they had cleared the "back log! "
I feel sorry for the staff there as they were getting all sorts of verbal abuse from people being turned away, waiting with young children etc, car parking issues and excessively long waiting times. What makes it worse is that going to a clinic like this is degrading enough for some people and having the confidence to step through the door is bad enough, but with a service like this, I think it will and has put people off.