This service was established in 1993 to provide a woman-centred service for dealing with gynaecological and related disorders. The clinic is staffed exclusively by female doctors. The Women’s Service aims to provide a space for women to discuss an integrated approach to their treatment, health and well-being.
The clinic has dealt successfully with a wide range of problems including:
- Chronic cystitis
- Fibroids and simple ovarian cysts
- Infertility of unexplained origin
- Menopausal symptoms
- Menstrual problems including PMS
- Period problems (dysmennorhea and amennorhea)
- Polycystic ovaries
- Pregnancy-related symptoms
- Recurrent infections, including thrush
- Emotional difficulties linked to gynaecological symptoms
All women are seen by conventionally trained clinicians who specialise in complementary medicine. All the treatments provided can be used safely alongside conventional treatments.
At the initial consultation we explore the presenting problem and physical and emotional responses to it. A full medical history is also taken, including past medical history, family history and history of other concurrent problems. This approach informs the decision to prescribe the appropriate individualised medicines. In the course of treatment we try to address both physical and mental well-being. General examination will be carried out where appropriate, but cervical smears and routine internal examinations are not provided in clinic.
These are available through the patient’s GP or Well Woman Clinic.
The initial consultation will take 45 minutes with follow-up appointments usually lasting 15 minutes. As we practise and promote an integrated approach to health and medicine, patients taking conventional medication are advised to continue taking these alongside the treatment offered at the clinic as appropriate.
If you are unable to attend your appointment please let us know at least 48 hours beforehand so we can offer your appointment to someone else. If you do not attend your appointment without telling us we may refer you back to your GP.
Following your treatment you will be referred back to your GP.
The RLHIM is also a teaching hospital and from time to time other healthcare professionals may observe in outpatient clinics as part of a training course. We will always ask your permission for students to sit in during your consultation. You do not have to have students present if you would prefer not to.