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Trust submits planning application for new sexual health centre

28 April 2008

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has submitted a planning application to Westminster City Council to develop a new sexual health centre in the heart of Soho.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has submitted a planning application to Westminster City Council to develop a new sexual health centre in the heart of Soho.

The planning application is for a change of use of office space located in the basement and first to fourth floors of 55 - 57 Dean Street.

The Trust’s application is only for an internal change of use and associated works. There are no changes to the external areas of the building as part of the proposal.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the best three hospitals in London, according to the NHS annual performance ratings 2007, and has an excellent reputation for its HIV and sexual health services in particular.

Currently these services are based at three main centres – the John Hunter Clinic at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, the West London Centre for Sexual Health at Charing Cross Hospital and the Victoria Clinic at the South Westminster Centre in Vincent Square, SW1.

However, numerous health and safety reports and risk assessments have highlighted a lack of space at the Victoria Clinic which is less than ideal for patients and has a detrimental effect on staff safety, health and morale. The clinic also fails to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act.

Moving services from the Victoria Clinic’s current location to a new base in Soho has been identified as the Trust’s preferred choice because it would enable the full range of existing services to be provided in a central location at the heart of the community.

The Trust already provides a wide range of community outreach services in Soho.

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