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New Sexual Health Clinic Opens in Memory of Much-Loved Former Staff Member

Friday 26th May 2023

The Sexual & Reproductive Health Team have made strides in the last year to future-proof sexual health services for our communities, and for young people in particular, with a recent award-winning Communications and Engagement redesign campaign.

To celebrate the next milestone, the Health Board welcomed the opening of a new Sexual Health Clinic on Thursday 25th May 2023 - with a very special nod to a much-loved individual.

Julia Frances Maynard, a former member of the Health Board Sexual Health Team, was an inspiration in both her professional and personal life, who sadly lost her battle with metastatic ovarian cancer. Many of her colleagues commented on how she was passionate about the Sexual & Reproductive Health Service; working as clinic lead, she always strove to offer the best care to everyone who attended the Cordell Centre. Julia led by example and was happiest when seeing patients face to face in clinic and never gave less than 100%. Her work ethic, along with the respect she showed her colleagues, was compelling and always brought out the best in all who worked with her. 


The Clinic was officially opened by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board’s Chief Executive Officer, Nicola Prygodzicz, and Julia’s family on Thursday 25th May 2023.

Clinical Director for Sexual & Reproductive Health at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Dr Jane Dickson, said:

“I'm so delighted that we've been able to open our brand-new sexual health unit, which we named after Julia Frances Maynard. Julia was an incredible lead nurse at our previous clinic, The Cordell centre, but tragically died of metastatic cancer in 2018.

“Our new clinic, which can be found on Ward B6 West of the Royal Gwent hospital, is bright, modern and designed for full accessibility and inclusivity. The clinic is the pinnacle of our new service model, offering a sexual health hub in every borough of our health board area, with B6 West being the focus for our most specialist services. We hope that everyone passing through the doors of our new centre will feel welcomed, dignified and free from stigma.”


The new Julia Frances Centre for Sexual Health can be found on B6 West at the Royal Gwent Hospital.