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GPs' drop-in clinic gets top marks

GPs at the Lutterworth Health Centre in Leicestershire have teamed up with a local school to improve teenagers' access to health services.

Dr Jane Taylor leads the 'Strictly Confidential' scheme, which provides lunchtime drop-in clinics at the local grammar school three times a week.

Pupils can seek advice on healthy eating, smoking, relationships and sexual health. Eight to 10 pupils aged 14 to 18 visit an average clinic.

Dr Taylor said the service was far more convenient for pupils. 'The area is isolated from other services like family planning clinics and having a drop-in clinic at a local health centre was leading to pupils missing entire mornings.'

Buoyed by the success of the scheme, one of the school nurses recently completed an extended prescribing qualification to enable her to prescribe emergency contraception.

Dr Taylor said: 'The [Proud of Our Practice] campaign could be good for highlighting work going on in other areas. Some things may not be suitable for everyone, but it could help generate ideas.'

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