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Mini-Commentary on ‘Would an exclusive contraceptive clinic help meet the needs of patients attending an integrated sexual health clinic?’
  1. Sharon Moses
  1. Consultant, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Bristol Sexual Health, Central Health Clinic, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sharon Moses, Bristol Sexual Health, Central Health Clinic, Tower Hill, Bristol BS2 0JD, UK; smoses{at}doctors.org.uk

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In her Anne Szarewski Journal Memorial Award 2015 prize-winning essay,1 Dr Laura Percy eloquently outlines an unmet need in her service. She describes established users of contraception having difficulty in accessing repeat prescriptions for pills or administration of the contraceptive injection with their general practitioner (GP), and long waits in the integrated sexual health clinic for this indication. The proposed solution was to pilot a nurse-led clinic exclusively for straightforward repeat contraception.

I remember as a trainee listening to senior colleagues discuss how the National Health Service (NHS) goes through regular cycles of change and service redesign, and have now been around for long enough to see this in action. In 2001, the National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV2 was the main …

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