"Finding the services inaccessible "
About: City Health Care Partnership CIC / Sexual health City Health Care Partnership CIC Sexual health
Posted by mindyerbusiness (as ),
I am a single mother living in rural East Riding with a 5 year old and a 4 month old baby. I have no access to help with childcare. I urgently needed to access help through sexual health services, but find that it is not accessible to me because the local sattelite clinics are evening clinics when the children are in bed, and the drop-in clinics in central Hull mean that I have to face driving into Hull (with the attendant fuel costs) and waiting for an untold length of time with a tired baby who would rather be at home in bed. It feels impossibly grim at an impossibly grim moment in my life.
If you want to provide a service that takes care of the sexual health needs of all the people in Hull and East Yorkshire, then it needs to be a service that they can access. That means taking account of the particular issues facing rural communities in terms of physical access to clinics, transport costs, time etc, as well as the particular challenges faced by, e.g. single parents. Even if you only had one day a week when people could book an appointment then it would feel more possible for people like me. I feel it's really poor that you're not taking more account of this, and in my opinion this means that services are only available to certain people.