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'I'm OK?' - Evaluation of a new walk-in quick-check clinic

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Richard Pattman


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Following concerns about asymptomatic people having to wait 2-3 weeks for a standard appointment for screening a new 'I'm OK?' drop-in, nurse-led clinic for the worried well was devised and evaluated after the first 21 weeks (509 patients). Without overt advertising the clinic has run to near capacity and has proved popular, with 98% stating that they would attend such a clinic in the future. The chlamydia detection rate was 9% in women and 4% in men, with one case of asymptomatic rectal gonorrhoea and two of HIV infection diagnosed allowing early treatment intervention. HIV testing was accepted by 94% of attendees and initial hepatitis B vaccination by 93% of homosexual/bisexual men. This approach deflects such routine cases, potentially allowing increased time at standard clinic sessions for those with clinical problems staffed by more experienced nurses and doctors. Its success has encouraged us to develop this concept as a cost-effective way of addressing 48-hour genitourinary medicine access.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Handy P, Pattman RS, Richards J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of STD and AIDS

Year: 2006

Volume: 17

Issue: 10

Pages: 677-680

ISSN (print): 0956-4624

ISSN (electronic): 1758-1052

Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd


DOI: 10.1258/095646206780071027


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