You may be aware that we used to provide condoms in all our site toilets. In March we were required to change this practice as new guidelines dictated that condoms should be issued using the C-Card scheme.
We have noticed that since then, there has been very little uptake of the scheme.
We have therefore reviewed the guidelines, and have been able to make free condoms available via dispensing machines which are now installed in our patient toilets in all sites, including Lochranza and Whiting Bay. We hope that any patients who felt unable to use the C-card scheme, find that this system is more accessible.
Please be aware that a full range of sexual health services – from general advice and ‘check up’ appointments to concerns about specific conditions or concerns – is available from Arran Medical Group. Discretion and confidentiality is maintained in accordance with current guidance, and we take this very seriously. You can discuss any sexual health concerns (and also obtain free condoms) with our GPs or practice nurses.
A full range of sexual health services are also available from mainland clinics run by NHS Ayrshire & Arran. You can find out more about these at the SHAYR website: www.shayr.com