Teenage pregnancy below national rate

By a County Press reporter

Published on Monday, March 12, 2012 - 14:22


TEEN pregnancy rates on the Isle of Wight are below the national rate despite a small rise between 2009 and 2010, latest figures have revealed.

According to the Office of National Statistics figures released today (Monday), the Isle of Wight experienced a small increase in the number of teen pregnancies, but was down 14.9 per cent on 1998.

In 1998 there were 40.2 conceptions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 17 compared with 34.2 in 2010.

In 2009 the figure was 30.4 conceptions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 17 and in 2008 it was 37.2.

The rate for England has fallen at faster, but was still higher overall than the Isle of Wight.

The England figure was 35.4 in 2010 and 46.6 in 1998, a drop overall of 24 per cent.

According to a statement issued by NHS public health officials today (Monday) the Isle of Wight rate continued to be below the rate for England, showing a downward trend over time.

A spokesman said: "A number of highly successful drop-in clinics for under 25 year olds at local GP surgeries have been established.

"In addition there is a specialist sexual health outreach nurse works with those young people considered most at risk and vulnerable to poor sexual health outcomes."

Dr Andrew Mortimore, on behalf of the directors for public health for Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth PCT cluster said: "The local councils and NHS have worked together to develop and implement strategies that will tackle this issue and it is encouraging to see that the teenage conception rates across the area are steadily decreasing as it suggests that the different services and projects that have been put in place are starting to have an impact.

"However, whilst the latest rates are encouraging we cannot be complacent as we have a long way to go to reduce them further and help young people to avoid an unplanned pregnancy. Our priorities include ensuring young people in our areas of highest need and rural communities with limited access across the county are able to get the support and advice they need from outreach services.  

"Understanding the issues faced by young people and providing advice and support in a way that they will use is crucial and a key point of our work.

"All of our work has a strong emphasis on ensuring the services and support provided for young people is led by specially trained workers who are able to discuss relationships and signpost young people to local services that are appropriate for them."

The following table gives the rate of conception per 1,000 women aged 15 to 17 years for the last three years and the baseline in 1998 for each PCT and England.

PCT 1998 2008 2009 2010 % change in rate from 1998 to 2010
NHS Southampton 60.9 51.6 49.2 49.2 -19.20%
NHS Hampshire 35.9 34 28.9 25.2 -29.80%
NHS Isle of Wight 40.2 37.2 30.4 34.2 -14.90%
NHS Portsmouth 57 45.4 50 43.3 -24.00%
England 46.6 40.5 38.2 35.4 -24.00%

The information below highlights the rates for 1998/00, when the data was first collected and then 2007/09 and 2008/10. It also gives the percentage changes for the rates comparing the latest data (2008/10) to the data for the previous period (2007/09) and comparing the latest data (200810) to the first period of data (1998/00).

PCT Rate for 1998/00 Rate for 2007/09 Rate for 2008/10 % change in rate from 1998/00 and 2008/10 % change in rate from 2007/09 and 2008/10
NHS Southampton 58.9 49.9 50 -15.10% 0.02%
NHS Hampshire 33.3 31.5 29.4 -11.70% -6.70%
NHS Isle of Wight 41.1 34.3 33.9 -17.50% -1.20%
NHS Portsmouth 50.4 51.1 46.3 -8.10% -9.40%
England 45 40.2 38.1 -15.30% -5.20%

The Office of National Statistics report is available online at www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/conception-statistics--england-and-wales/2010/index.html


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