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Chlamydia: Screening

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his most recent estimate is of the number of community pharmacies which offer chlamydia screening; (160270)

(2) if he will make a statement on the pharmacy chlamydia screening pathfinder project; when the project started; when he expects the findings of the project to be published; and what plans he has to introduce pharmacy screening of chlamydia on a national basis.

Screening for chlamydia in pharmacies is already happening nationally. In 2006-07, the national chlamydia screening programme (NCSP) received data from 90 pharmacies in England. The NCSP currently have 286 pharmacies who have registered to provide screening.

To support commissioners, the Department is working with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee and the national health service to develop a national template for a chlamydia screening local enhanced service through the NHS community pharmacy contractual framework.

The Boots chlamydia screening pathfinder started in November 2005 and covers over 200 London stores. It is being independently evaluated by TNS Healthcare. Copies of the Chlamydia Screening Evaluation—Interim Report Wave One November 2005 to April 2006 and Chlamydia Screening Evaluation—Interim Report Wave 2 November 2005 to October 2006 reports have been placed in the Library. The third and final report will be published later in the year.