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Key Resources

This website provides a range of resources for healthcare professionals. For example there is specific advice about STIs, psychosexual problems and the vasectomy service. You can also get further information from the refhelp section of the intranet www.refhelp.scot.nhs.uk.

More general resources are listed below:

National Statistics


Induced abortion is one of the most commonly performed gynaecological procedures (Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Guidelines 2004). These procedures are carried out under the terms of the Abortion Act 1967, which applies to England, Wales and Scotland. Doctors have a legal requirement to notify the Chief Medical Officer of all terminations carried out in Scotland. The Information Services Division is responsible for the administration and reporting of these notification of abortions on behalf of the Chief Medical Officer.

Since the act was passed in 1967 there has been a steady increase in the number of terminations in Scotland. The most significant growth in abortions was in the four years following the introduction of the Abortion Act, from 1,500 in 1967 to over 7,500 in 1971. For most recent published statistics you can follow this link www.isdscotland.org/isd/5644.html.

Cervical screening

Detailed summaries of cervical screening data for Scotland and by health board are available via the ISD website at www.isdscotland.org/isd/1673.html

Key Clinical Indicators

For up to date data on

Termination of Pregnancy 2009 data
Sterilisation 2009 data
Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) 2009/10 data
Chlamydia 2009 data
HIV Therapy 2009 data

Go to http://www.isdscotland.org/isd/5410.html

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (QIS) Sexual Health Service Standards 2009

A report on how NHS Lothian is performing against these standards (PDF) is due for publication at the end of 2011. Immediate feedback from the peer review team suggests that we are offering a high quality of service. We have seen a large increase in the number of women obtaining contraceptive implants but have not seen a similar rise in the provision of  IUD in primary care. We hope to encouarge and support GPs to increase the provison of this method.

Scotland's Sexual Health Information SSHI Report

The annual report produced by the Sexually Transmitted Infections Epidemiology Advisory Group (STIEAG), for Scotland. A number of data sources were used to describe a wider picture of sexual health, rather than sexually transmitted infections (STIs) alone. The aim of the report remains the same - to promote a better understanding of sexual health in Scotland.

This new digest version of the annual sexual health report the headline data and the most important developments in 2009 and includes statistics on STIs, chlamydia key clinical indicator data, teenage pregnancies, abortion rates, and contraceptive use. See http://www.isdscotland.org/isd/5717.html


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The national strategy for sexual health Respect and Responsibility was published in 2005.

The NHS Lothian Sexual Health and HIV Strategy sets out the priorities for Lothian for 2011- 2016. It’s principle focus in relation to servcie provision is to ensure that these are targeted to populations and individuals with greatest need.


The Deano (February 2010)


A number of textbooks are published by the members of the  Lothian Sexual and Reproductive Health Service:

Clinical Practice in Sexually Transmissible Infections
By Alexander McMillan, MD, FRCP, FRCP (Ed), consultant physician, Department of Genito-Urinary Medicine, Royal Infirmary, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh. Hugh Young, Bsc, PhD, DSc, FRCPath, senior lecturer, medical microbiology, The University of Edinburgh Medical School; director, Scottish Neisseria Gonorrhoeae Reference Laboratory, The Lothian University Hospitals Division, Edinburgh, UK. Marie Ogilvie, MD, FRCPath, senior lecturer, Medical School, The University of Edinburgh, UK. Gordon Scott, MB, ChB, FRCP(Ed), consultant physician, Department Genito-Urinary Medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh.
Online Book Link

Specialist Training in Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV
By Daniel Clutterbuck, consultant, genitourinary medicine, physician, Lothian University Hospitals Division, Edinburgh, UK. Highly commended (public health category), BMA Awards 2005
Online Book Link

Chapter: Sexually Transmitted Infections
GR Scott, consultant genitourinary medicine, physician, Lothian University Hospitals Division, Edinburgh, UK: in: Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine, 20th edition.
By Nicholas A. Boon, MA, MD, FRCP(Ed), FESC, consultant cardiologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh; honorary reader, University of Edinburgh; Nicki R. Colledge, BSc, FRCP(Ed), consultant geriatrician, Liberton Hospital, Edinburgh and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh; honorary senior lecturer in geriatric medicine, University of Edinburgh; Brian R. Walker, BSc, MD, FRCP(Ed), professor of endocrinology, University of Edinburgh; and John A. A. Hunter, OBE, BA, MD, FRCP(Ed), professor emeritus of dermatology, University of Edinburgh.
Online Book Link

Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2nd Edition - Colour Guide
By Alexander McMillan, MD, FRCP, FRCP(Ed), consultant physician, Department of Genito-Urinary Medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh; Gordon Scott, MB, ChB, FRCP(Ed), consultant physician, Department Genito-Urinary Medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh
Online Book Link

Handbook of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare, 5th edition 2007
By Professor Anna Glasier MD, FRCOG, MFFP (director and honorary professor, University of Edinburgh), Dr Ailsa Gebbie MBChB DCH MRCOG MFFP (consultant in community gynaecology) NHS Lothian Family Planning and Well Woman Services.Edinburgh Community Health Partnership.
Chapters contributed by Dr Jane Smith, Dr Sharon Cameron

Chapter: Dr Ailsa Gebbie - Contraception in the Peri-menopause in Sexual Health and Menopause.

Editors: Margaret Rees and Tony Mander.
Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd. London 2005

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