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Medi+Vend™ Machines In Bath

Medi+Vend™ - Pioneering device which offers young people sexual health advice and support is to be introduced at Bath & North East Somerset Council's Peasedown Youth Hub.

Bath & North East Somerset Council's Cabinet has approved plans to install a Medi-Vend machine at the Youth Hub to help protect young people from sexuality transmitted diseases, reduce teenage pregnancy and provide safety information about drugs and alcohol.

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Councillor Nathan Hartley (Lib-Dem, Peasedown), Deputy Leader of Council and Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children and Youth, said: "By installing a Medi-Vend in Peasedown Youth Hub, Bath & North East Somerset Council is not only showing that we care about young people's health and the choices they make in life, but also that we continue to move forward in a pioneering fashion as there are very few of these devices in the country.

"Further Medi-Vend machines may be installed around the district in locations wherever a need is identified in agreement with the Council's senior Children's Service and Youth Service Managers."

The Medi+Vend machine will complement the services already provided at the Council's Peasedown Youth Hub – such as the C-Card scheme which offers sexual health advice, free contraception and professional support from qualified staff.

Councillor Simon Allen (Lib-Dem, Radstock), Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, said: "The Medi-Vend is a tool for enabling young people to access safe confidential sexual health services – offering good quality information and advice leading to the improvement of sexual health among young people, and a reduction in teenage pregnancy and abortion rates. This is just one of the many steps that Bath & North East Somerset Council is taking to improve the life chances of children and young people."

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15, Oct, 2011
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