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Epidemiology and partner notification
P32 Partner notification (PN) within non-specialist services
  1. C Cunningham,
  2. K McCormick
  1. NHS Tayside, Dundee, UK


Background The local board has the highest rates of diagnosis of genital Chlamydia in Scotland. PN is critical to breaking the chain of infection but there is a clear lack of consistency in its provision outside the specialist services.

Aim To meet the NHS Health Improvement Scotland Standard 4.2 for Sexual health services; “Individuals are offered partner notification in all settings delivering sexual healthcare, including in primary care, youth services and community pharmacies”.

Methods A sexual health adviser was appointed to manage the positive Chlamydia diagnoses made out with the specialist services. This service commenced in March 2011 and coincided with the roll out of Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea PCR testing to these areas. Providers were informed to seek consent for referral at the time of testing and acquire the individual's mobile number. The PN service was advertised through email to all providers who undertake testing and in addition, educational sessions and updates were provided.

Results The table shows progressive improvement in the uptake of PN over the course of the year (see abstract P32 table 1).

Abstract P32 Table 1

Partner notification of chlamydia positive patients in 2011

Discussion Despite a marked increase in the referral rate for PN, uptake remains suboptimal. Specific GP practices that rarely test for Chlamydia or refer for PN are identified and contacted, reminding them of the importance of PN.

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