Unit 14 A05

This task will give a description on how service users can find out about services that are available to assist them with support when dealing with illness and disease. This will include how service users can access information from the services, how information is published by the services, and how these services benefit and help the service users.

Health Clinics are set up to help people deal with concerns about their sexual health condition. Health clinics provide tests to determine and ensure good health. Health clinics are suitable for babies, children, teenagers and adults. There can be health clinics which are specialised for certain health conditions, or for a certain group of individuals. For example, Genito- Urinary Medicine (GUM) Clinic covers the male and female sexual organs of the urinary system which takes urine out of your body. GPs may refer patients to a sexual health clinic if they have a problem with these parts of their body as these types of clinics specialise in that type of area. There is also an option for the service user to see someone at the sexual health clinic without being referred by their GP. At GUM clinics service users can make an appointment for general check-ups, which include tests for a range of sexually transmitted infections, support is available for service users as the clinics provide contraceptive advice, including emergency contraception and free condoms. They are also there for emotional support as finding out about STD’s can cause emotional upset. Some may also fit cervical caps or diaphragms, and provide cervical smear tests. All types of health clinics can also offer advice and counselling on a range of issues that may be concerning them. Service users can find health clinics by their local hospital, GP, public libraries, or directories.

The patient and Public involvement (PPI) forums were set up to make sure the public is involved and have a say in decision making about health and health...