FSRH COVID-19 rolling members survey: interim results 07 May 2020

Posted 11 May 2020

Date: 11 May 2020

Type: FSRH Survey Results

We are working on behalf of our members to monitor, understand and address service issues in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (SRH) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey is designed to collect the views and experiences of our members, covering issues related to the provision of essential SRH services, as well as changes in workforce capacity as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Interim results as of 07 May 2020

  • 939 responses as of May 7th

  • 77% of GPs and 64% of specialists* have ended or limited the provision of essential SRH services since the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • When asked whether they were confident that vulnerable patients could access SRH care during the COVID-19 pandemic, 31% said they were confident, 37% said they were not confident, and 32% said that they did not know.

  • 21% of respondents stated that they provided outreach services prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Of these, 37.5% stated that they were no longer providing outreach services, and 62.5% stated that they were still providing outreach.

  • Workforce capacity for specialist services is lower than general practice. On average, specialist respondents stated that 29% of their staff was redeployed, compared to 8% among GPs. 

  • On average, specialists are providing 86% of consultations remotely, either over the phone or via video conferencing. GPs are providing 88% of consultations remotely. Specialist respondents stated that 16% of patients were referred to face to face consultation following telephone / video triage. GP respondents stated that 11% of patients were referred to face-to-face consultation following telephone / video triage.

* Specialist SRH service providers include healthcare providers working in sexual health clinics, SRH services, integrated SRH and sexual health, or abortion care.

You can download the full report with interim results here.