THE fight to cut Doncaster’s teenage pregnancy rate has been boosted with an extension to the opening hours of an NHS contraception service.
Doncaster’s contraception and sexual health service plans to increase access to its services for local young people and adults by opening for an extra hour each day.
From today, the clinic based in East Laith Gate House, between Iceland and Cooplands, is opening its doors an hour earlier on weekdays so people can now drop in from 8.30am.
The clinic offers emergency contraception, cervical cytology and testing, and treatment for some sexual infections including chlamydia.
Staff can also provide psychosexual counselling and sex, relationship and pregnancy advice.
Clinical manager Christina Harrison said: “The confidential service is open to people of both sexes and all ages.
“You can choose to make an appointment or just drop in within our new opening times to suit your needs.
“The new opening times mean that people can visit before or after work as well as during the day. Opening earlier means we are more accessible for people who choose to use our service.”
The service is open until 7pm Monday to Thursday and until 4.30pm on Fridays.
It opens from 10am until 3.30pm on Saturdays.
Doncaster has historically had some of the highest conception rates in the country amongst women aged under 18 according to Government statistics.
However, a 24.1 per cent reduction experienced between 1998 and 2006 was found to be the second biggest drop in the Yorkshire and Humber region.