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Practice helps teens with Q&A website

Dr Martin Davis's practice is attempting to provide a better service to teenagers by creating a confidential question and answer forum on its webite.

Instead of a formal consultation, any patient aged 12 to 20 registered with the practice can anonymously post a question related to health, sex, drugs and other personal problems. They can log in 48 hours later for the GP's answer. An archive of questions and answers will be stored online so patients can check whether there is an existing answer to their query.

Dr Davis, a GP in Great Haywood, Stafford, said GPs' workload may initially rise but this should drop as the archive grew. 'It's a very difficult section of the community to reach,' he said. 'At such an important time in their lives they don't want health worries interfering, so hopefully we can take some pressure off.'

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