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I think there has also to be some consideration of NHS resources in
deciding where STI testing takes place.
To do take a full sexual history, contact history, then perform an
intimate examination, take swabs, then explain examination findings to the
patient while throughout respecting the patients dignity does not fit into
a ten minute slot.
If there is an issue of contact tracing this certainly goes bey...
If there is an issue of contact tracing this certainly goes beyond
the remit of a GP.
This might be desirable for a significant proportion of patients -
but GP's can only take on extra work like this is they have the training,
support, and time to do so.
A GP service might be offered as a LES - but it would need to be
adequately resourced, it certainly could not be expected to be a service
the practice provides free of charge.
Dr Martin Rankin,
GP Partner and LMC Member.
I am a GP partner and member of the Plymouth Sub Committee of Devon LMC