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Accessing genitourinary medicine clinics: does it matter where you live?
  1. Beth Stuart,
  2. Andrew Hinde
  1. School of Social Sciences and Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Beth Stuart, Division of Social Statistics, University of Southampton, Building 58, University Road, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK; bls1{at}


Objectives To determine whether genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics in England are located conveniently for potential users and to assess whether there are any regional variations in accessibility.

Methods A surface model was created in ArcGIS to estimate driving times to the nearest GUM clinic and to identify the proportion of the population living more than 30 minutes drive from their nearest clinic.

Results Overall, 3.0% of the population live further than 30 minutes from their nearest clinic. However, this average figure disguises considerable regional variation. While access in London and the South East was excellent, with less than 1% of the population living more than 30 minutes from the nearest clinic, in the South West and the East of England, these percentages rose to 7.7% and 9.2%, respectively.

Conclusions In some regions of England it is important to consider the physical barriers to clinic access, as inability or unwillingness to undertake a long journey to a GUM clinic may increase the workload in other clinical settings.

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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