5 animated videos to support sexual health service in Bristol

Unity sexual health

Unity Sexual Health Service commissioned five videos to use across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

They felt that animation would be a better format for the younger audience, and using this video would help to explain the different contraceptives available so that people could make an informed decision about what’s right for them.

About Unity Sexual Health

Unity Sexual Health is a free and confidential service run throughout key localities in the South West.  They are a key part of University Hospitals Bristol and address issues such as contraception, STI testing and treatment, pregnancy and more. 

Residents in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire can access these services online, through walk-in clinics, booking on-the-day appointments, over-the-phone or through a GP referral.

Unity identified that their nurses and consultants spent a considerable amount of time explaining what each of the contraceptives are and how they work, leaving little time to have a discussion with the patient and help them identify which contraceptive option was right for them.

The use of the videos was to address these topics prior to the appointment and include:

  • What methods of contraception are available to me?
  • What is the combined oral contraceptive pill?
  • The risks and benefits o the combined oral contraceptive ill
  • How to take the combined pill
  • What to do if you miss a combined pill

These videos are now being sent to patients after they book a contraceptive counselling session, with instructions to watch them in advance of the appointment. If the patients do not do this, they’ll be given the videos to watch just before their appointment.

To evaluate the impact of these videos, we are sending surveys to these patients and the consultants who are carrying out the clinics to get their feedback.

Through these videos, we hope that the team at Unity will see

  • More informed patients
  • Shorter appointments
  • Reduction in appointment length
  • Improvement in shared decision making

If you are interested in our sexual health series or creating your own animations, please contact our team.

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