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To think this service is unacceptable?

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moralberyll Wed 18-Oct-17 15:45:06

My dd attended a large contraception and sexual health clinic today which previously offered a walk in service where you could sit and wait to be seen or book an appointment in advance, today she was told that it is now an appointment only system and the next available appointment isn't for another 2 weeks! Her gp won't prescribe contraception and just refers people to this clinic, so what are young people supposed to do? I thought we were supposed to be encouraging young people to take control of there sexual health and prevent teenage pregnancy? The rational thing to do would be to abstain or use condoms until an appointment becomes available but teenagers aren't always rational beings are they!

seizethecuttlefish Wed 18-Oct-17 15:48:05

Here the practice nurse can prescribe the pill. Our clinic is walk in, they give out 30 numbers at the start of the clinic and you wait for your number to be called. I think it's insane. Your daughter is mature enough to make a choice, which is something that should be encouraged. Making her wait 2 weeks, that's just madness.

Crunchymum Wed 18-Oct-17 15:48:22

Why the Hell won't her GP prescribe her contraception?

araiwa Wed 18-Oct-17 15:49:00

im guessing they changed the system as it wasnt working previously

surely she can wait 2 weeks?

moralberyll Wed 18-Oct-17 15:50:31

Araiwa, yes my dd can and will wait 2 weeks but I believe that young people should have access to contraception and sexual health care as and when they need it.

Crunchymum Wed 18-Oct-17 15:50:48

surely she can wait 2 weeks? possibly not if she is close the end of her break if she is on the pill?

arethereanyleftatall Wed 18-Oct-17 15:51:10

I don't think that's unacceptable.
Just wait 2 weeks.

moralberyll Wed 18-Oct-17 15:53:22

What about girls who could be in an abusive relationship and their partners aren't going to wait 2 weeks to have sex again? I believe that this system is putting young people at risk.

Nicknacky Wed 18-Oct-17 15:55:20

Surely condoms can be used?

(Apart from the fact you are basically saying girls who are getting raped should only be worrying about pregnancy! Which is what you are implying by the abusive boyfriends comment)

araiwa Wed 18-Oct-17 15:57:46

the abusive relationship would be putting her at risk, not a fair system of making appointments

is there not a system similar to having to wait for gp appointments but emergencies can also be dealt with?

moralberyll Wed 18-Oct-17 15:57:47

That's not what I'm implying at all but some young men do and will refuse to use condoms. This place also gives condoms out for free at appointments so it would also possibly be a 2 week wait for condoms!

Nicknacky Wed 18-Oct-17 15:58:26

So buy some then!

Nicknacky Wed 18-Oct-17 15:58:58

Would someone seriously wait two weeks for condoms rather than just buy a packet?

moralberyll Wed 18-Oct-17 15:59:06

Not all teenagers would have the money or be able to ask their parents for the money, they are not that cheap.

Witsender Wed 18-Oct-17 15:59:48

Buy some.

Nicknacky Wed 18-Oct-17 15:59:53

Well, they have to wait then. It's hardly the end of the world to wait to have sex.

arethereanyleftatall Wed 18-Oct-17 16:00:42

Odd comment about the abuse . So you think girls should be on the pill in case they get raped?

Lj8893 Wed 18-Oct-17 16:01:17

That's not what the op was implying at all. And an abusive partner isn't likely to want to use condoms either.

My teen sil is in a horrible relationship (a whole other story) and her bf would think it wonderful if she got pregnant. There is no way he should be in charge of her sexual health/fertility if she wasent able to have access to contraception.

Sirzy Wed 18-Oct-17 16:03:38

Obviously the drop in approach wasn’t working and the appointment system is easier to manage.

If someone is mature enough to be in a sexual relationship they should be mature enough to make an appointment and wait two weeks!

ShellyBoobs Wed 18-Oct-17 16:05:04

What a bizarre thread.

There are multiple alternatives but you seem to implying she can't possibly use one of the alternatives or just wait 2 weeks.

kali110 Wed 18-Oct-17 16:05:12

Yanbu at allhmm wth can her gp not prescribe the pill? That is ridiculous.
Is there a boots near you?

EB123 Wed 18-Oct-17 16:05:31

Why won't her gp prescribe contraception? Condoms can be purchased pretty cheaply.

FinallyHere Wed 18-Oct-17 16:05:42

It might be worth having a look at any website associated with the clinic. Our local clinic operates what seems like a very complicated range of opening times and different ways to access their services. They are in fact all set out on the website. For example, the opening hours show that some clinics are run as appointment only, but there are some 'drop in sessions' which while nit referred to as clinics, do essentially provide the same service. They also give on free condoms on request to any callers


It may be worth an internet search for 'drop in clinics' to see what other provision might be available.

Hope you/your daughter find what you are looking for

moralberyll Wed 18-Oct-17 16:06:11

If only that was the case sirzy that only people who were mature enough to have sex had sex, if only it were that easy ay.

Ttbb Wed 18-Oct-17 16:06:45

Yes, that's really bad. Ironically the money saved in not providing proper family planning services is only going to cost more due to extra/unwanted/dangerous pregnancies.

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