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Reproductive health statistics published

19 October 2016: National statistics on reproductive health services have been published today by NHS Digital.

The report, "Statistics on Sexual and Reproductive Health Services, England 2015-16" provides information about activity taking place in the community at dedicated Sexual and Reproductive Health services, including some non-NHS services. This includes family planning clinics, community contraception clinics and some young people's services, such as Brook advisory centres.

Data includes a demographic breakdown of service users and information about the provision of contraception, including the number and type of items prescribed. Information about sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening or treatment is not provided - this information is available from the Genitourinary Medicine Clinic Activity Dataset.

It is important to note that this report does not cover all the ways in which a person may access reproductive health services. For example, it excludes services provided in out-patient clinics and those provided by General Practitioners as well as contraceptives purchased over the counter at a pharmacy or in other retail settings (unless otherwise stated). Therefore, changes over time presented in this report may be due to changes in the way people access contraceptive health services rather than changes in contraceptive use.

Read the full report at: http://www.content.digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB21969


Notes to editors

1. NHS Digital is the national information and technology provider for the health and care system. Our team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend. During the 2015-16 financial year, NHS Digital published 294 statistical reports. Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better. NHS Digital is the new trading name for the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). We provide 'Information and Technology for better health and care'. Find out more about our role and remit at www.digital.nhs.uk

2. This is a National Statistics publication. National statistics are statistics that meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and public value.

3. This report presents key findings. A wider range of data is published in the accompanying Excel spreadsheets. Full details of the data sources and other information can be found in the appendices, and data quality issues are covered in the data quality statement.

4. For media enquiries please contact media@nhs.net or telephone 0300 30 33 888.

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