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  • Patients to be given specialist menopause advice

    Danielle Thompson

    PATIENTS who are going through the menopause are now being offered special advice and guidance at Southport Hospital.

    The clinic is run by Dr Paula Briggs, consultant in sexual and reproductive health with Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust as well as a published author on the subject.

    She is also working on a patient handbook to improve patient understanding of the consequences of the menopause and potential treatment choices, which is due to be available this summer.

    The menopause transition signals the end of women's reproductive lives and can take many years. In some cases symptoms never resolve and many women suffer debilitating consequences from lack of oestrogen, suffering from complex hormone-related conditions - which can be in some circumstances helped with hormone replacement therapy. All women are affected by longer term consequences of oestrogen deficiency including a reduction in bone mineral density and an increase in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

    Patients must be referred by their GP to access the service.

    Dr Paula Briggs said: “There are estimated to be more than 15,000 women in our hospital's catchment area who have the potential to benefit from Menopausal Hormone Therapy. They can now benefit from advice in a consultant-led specialist service which will provide them with the right information which will help women to make an informed decision regarding their care. The clinic will accept ‘out of the area’ referrals to the menopause service as there are limited training clinics in this specialist field.

    “The sessions have been extremely popular with women attending from across the North West. The feedback has been described as providing an informative, sympathetic, helpful and knowledgeable source of information.”

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