Minister visits UK's first paediatric FGM clinic 

27/11/2014 00:00 
The Public Health Minister has praised the work of UCLH (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) during a visit to see the UK’s first paediatric female genital mutilation (FGM) clinic.

Jane Ellison MP joined UCLH chief executive Sir Robert Naylor and Specialist Hospitals medical director Dr Gill Gaskin to see how UCLH is providing specialist medical care and psychological support for children and adolescents who have suffered FGM.

In a tour of the clinic at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing, the minister spent time discussing the ongoing effort to eradicate FGM in the UK, as well as seeing how a new e-learning module devised by Health Education England will help health professionals to identify and help those at risk of FGM.

The module was co-designed by UCLH’s Dr Dan Reisel and Prof Sarah Creighton and Dr Deborah Hodes, who run the FGM paediatric clinic.

The clinic gives medical treatment and psychological help to girls aged from 0 to 18 who have suffered mutilation or who may be at risk, either in the UK or overseas.
It means that assessment can be made of whether FGM has been performed along with appropriate documentation, including witness statements and availability for court.  Practitioners have close liaison with social care and local community groups.

Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, said: “This clinic was launched to address the need to help victims of FGM with support from the best clinicians, in the right surroundings.

“The physical and psychological effects of FGM can be awful, and the long-term health implications severe. We’re determined to prevent FGM happening to others by working with local community groups and social services to raise awareness of the practice and providing the right support here at UCLH.”

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