DoH commends 'young people friendly' services

The first health services to be 'young people friendly' have been commended for their approach.

Practices, sexual health services, pharmacies, hospitals and services in schools and further education settings have been taking part in the new DoH You’re Welcome programme, which works to improve health services for 11-19 year olds and ensure they can receive appropriate healthcare whenever they need to.

The programme aims to help young people to access the best health services to meet their needs and engage with young people to help them feel comfortable using services.

By 2020 health services regularly used by young people across England will be expected to take part in the programme.

Public health minister Dawn Primarolo said: ‘The You’re Welcome programme is doing fantastic work to help children and young people feel comfortable and confident visiting doctors’ surgeries, hospitals and other health services.

‘Tackling inequalities remains a top priority across government. This important programme helps young people to get the support and advice they need to keep them fit and healthy.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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