Background Our local authority has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Scotland. A needs assessment was undertaken and a dedicated young persons (YP) clinic was introduced for people aged 18 and under in partnership with the local youth health and information centre and the child protection team.
Aim To evaluate the 6-month pilot of a dedicated YP multi-disciplinary integrated sexual health clinic.
Methods All patients attending the YP clinic between January and June 2011 were included. Data collected included demographics, sexual orientation, STI diagnoses and the uptake of contraceptives. Data were also collected from an evaluation form offered to all patients.
Results 131 young people attended the YP clinic during the pilot period. 108 (81%) were female and 23 were male of which 4 (17%) were men who have sex with men. The mean age was 16 for both males and females (range 12–18). 61 (47%) were under the age of 16. Chlamydia infection rates were high (24.4%). Sub-dermal implants were fitted in 22.2% of eligible females. 75 young people completed evaluation forms (57.3%). The majority found the clinic times suitable (95%) and travelled to the clinic by public transport or on foot (76%). Young people most frequently heard about the clinic from the local youth centre or from friends. Service users frequently commented positively on the partnership working with other agencies.
Conclusions The introduction of a YP clinic has been popular with service users. Due to the success of this service, a second clinic will be launched at the same site.
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