NHS Contraception Services - England, 2009-2010 [NS]
This annual report primarily presents information on NHS community contraceptive clinics (family planning clinics and clinics run by voluntary organisations such as Brook Advisory Centres). This has been collected since 1988/89 through the KT31 return, which includes services provided by:
Trusts in NHS clinics and as domiciliary visits
Brook Advisory Centres
Information on NHS community contraceptive clinics excludes services provided in out-patient clinics and those provided by General Practitioners. However, limited data is presented for out-patient clinics sourced from The NHS Information Centre's Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), prescription data from the Prescription Services Division (PSD) and survey data from ‘Contraception and Sexual Health 2008/09', a report published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on behalf of the NHS Information Centre.
During the period April 2009 to March 2010:
- There were 2.6 million attendances at NHS community contraceptive clinics made by 1.3 million individuals. This represented an increase of 1 per cent (26,000) on the number of attendances in 2008/09 (2.5 million) and an increase of 2 per cent (30,000) on the number of individuals in 2008/09 (1.3 million).
- 1.2 million women attended NHS community contraceptive clinics, an increase of 1 per cent (7,000) on the previous year (1.2 million).
- 162,000 men attended NHS community contraceptive clinics, an increase of 16 per cent (22,000) on 2008/09 (140,000).
- Among women who attended NHS community contraceptive clinics, the 16-19 year old age group had the highest number of attendances per 100 population. An estimated 22 per cent of women in this age group visited a clinic during the year while the equivalent proportion for those aged 15 and under was 8 per cent. In 2008/09 the respective proportions for these age groups were 21 per cent and 8 per cent.
- Oral contraception was the primary contraceptive method of 44 per cent of women who attended NHS community contraceptive clinics, and it remains the most common primary method.
- Use of Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) continues to increase and now accounts for 26 per cent of primary methods of contraception among women who attended NHS community contraceptive clinics. This percentage was 24 per cent in 2008/09 and 18 per cent in 2003/04.
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