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Provision of Chlamydia trachomatis screening in family planning clinics and emergency contraception in genitourinary medicine clinics: A collaborative cross-speciality survey
  1. A W S Dale, BSc, RN1,
  2. C Wilkinson, MFFP2,
  3. G E Forster, FRCOG3,
  4. D Daniels, FRCP4 and
  5. M G Brook, FRCP5
  1. Clinical Governance Support Unit, Camden & Islington CHS NHS Trust, St Pancras Hospital, London, UK and North Thames Regional Audit Group for GU/HIV Medicine, London, UK
  2. Caldecot Centre, King's College Hospital NHS Trust, London, UK
  3. North Thames Regional Audit Group for GU/HIV Medicine, London, UK and Ambrose King Centre, Royal London Hospital, London, UK
  4. North Thames Regional Audit Group for GU/HIV Medicine, London, UK and Department of GU Medicine, West Middlesex University Hospital, Twickenham, UK
  5. North Thames Regional Audit Group for GU/HIV Medicine, London, UK and Patrick Clements Clinic, Central Middlesex Hospital, London, UK on behalf of the North Thames Regional Audit and Education Group for GU/HIV Medicine
  1. Correspondence A W S Dale, Clinical Governance Resource Group, South East London Shared Services Partnership, GKT Department of General Practice and Primary Care, 3rd Floor Weston Education Centre, Cutcombe Road, London SE5 9RJ, UK. E-mail: Adam.Dale{at}kcl.ac.uk

Abstract

Two surveys were undertaken to review (1) provision of Chlamydia trachomatis screening by family planning (FP) clinics in the London region and (2) access to emergency contraception (EC) from genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics within the former North Thames region. The findings from the first survey suggest that there is insufficient screening (and treatment) in vulnerable groups attending FP clinics. Results from the second survey show that hormonal EC is widely available from within GUM clinics, and those clinics also provide a range of other contraception services. However, these details may not be widely recognised either by policymakers or the general public.

  • Accepted August 4, 2002.

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  • Accepted August 4, 2002.

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