A NEW mobile phone service, which helps young people access information about health services, is being piloted in Glasgow's Eastend.
Text 4U has been set up by NHS Greater Glasgow and H4U Teen Health – a young person's health service for eastern Glasgow – to give young people aged 10 to 19 information about local health services via their mobile phones.
Now gone live, the new service enables users to text a number if they have a query about where to get help and advice on subjects such as relationships, sexuality, pregnancy, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases and rape.
All the young person has to do is text a key word on a subject that interests them to 07781 488591. If they are looking for the meaning of a term they type # before the word, eg #relationships. For information on the subject they just type the word, eg pregnancy.
Information on services and contact numbers will then be automatically sent back to them.
Julie Dowds, Health Promotion Officer with NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "Young people have told us that they find it difficult to find out where to go for help, advice and information on relationships and sexual health. This new service will hopefully make it easier for them to get in contact with the right services when they need it most."
Julie revealed that the service is completely confidential and young people need not worry about their mobile phone numbers being used in the future.
She said: "When texting, a young person does not need to text his or her name, they don't need to give us any details – it's completely anonymous."
If this pilot is successful, NHS Greater Glasgow and H4U will look at rolling the initiative out to young people across the Greater Glasgow area.
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