We are pleased to welcome all the GPs who joined the Chlamydia Screening Programme over the past year. This began with GPs in Kensington & Chelsea last autumn, followed by GPs in Westminster, then Hammersmith & Fulham GPs earlier this year.
General Practice has an important part to play in the delivery of the Screening Programme. Between 60% and 83% of young people visit their GPs every year and this is an ideal opportunity to offer Chlamydia screening.
Indeed, the majority of Programmes which achieved their target last year obtained over half of those screens from core services: general practice, community pharmacists and contraceptive services. This year we will be focussing on General Practice by offering support and regular training to help practices take every opportunity to offer screening to their patients.