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New confidential service for victims of rape and sexual assault in Scarborough

14 March 2012

A pilot for a new free and confidential service for adult and child victims of rape and sexual assault has been launched at Castle Health Centre in Scarborough.

The service, which has been developed in partnership between Castle Health Centre, North Yorkshire Police and NHS North Yorkshire and York who are funding the service, is available between 8am and 8pm 365 days a year and provides immediate medical care and advice for victims.

Julie Bolus, Director of Nursing for NHS North Yorkshire and York, said: "We are very pleased to launch the pilot of this much needed service in Scarborough.

"Although victims can currently see their GP or nurse to receive immediate medical care and advice, this is the first time in our area that fully trained healthcare professionals are able to take and securely store samples suitable for use in a future criminal investigation, should the patient choose to of course.

"We hope that the service will not only provide extra care and reassurance for victims of rape and sexual assault, but also lead to the prosecution of those responsible."

Those wishing to access the service should contact Castle Health Centre on 0330 123 9278 or drop in and ask to speak with one of their Minor Injury Nurses - it is not necessary to make an appointment.

The pilot follows the launch in 2011 of a free and confidential Rape Support Line (0300 111 0777) which is available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings and covers the whole of North Yorkshire and York.

14 March 2012

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