The Bridge to expand service

Published: 23rd Sep 2018

The Bridge to expand service

The Bridge Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is expanding its service for adults and children from 1 October 2018.

The Bridge SARC is available for anyone affected by rape or serious sexual assault and provides adults, children and families with access to emotional, psychological, medical and practical help. The Bridge is a single point of access for these children, adults and families to the healing and recovery services that they need.

The SARC has specially trained doctors and crisis workers who care for children or adults affected by rape or serious sexual assault. Specialist staff ensure they are provided with all of the recovery support that they need. The SARC’s staff also support children or adults to access medical care or have a forensic examination, explaining what this involves and what the options are. Where the police are involved, SARC staff will help the client to access the support they need.

The Bridge is based at the Central Health Clinic in Bristol city centre, at the foot of the M32/M4/M5 corridor.

The expansion means the service for adults will be open longer, whilst the service for children will now be available to more areas of the South West. In the adult service, self-referred help can be available without police involvement.

From 1 October The Bridge will continue being available for adults and children in Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

The main changes from 1 October are:

Adults, children and families can contact The Bridge SARC directly by calling 0117 342 6999 (24/7—365 days a year) or in hours by emailing ubh-tr.thebridgecanhelp@nhs.net.

They can also be referred by other organisations (such as other healthcare providers, social services or the police), family and friends.

The SARC is commissioned by NHS England and regional police and crime commissioners for Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Avon and Somerset