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Open women’s health clinics at evenings and weekends, says RCOG

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6761 (Published 02 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6761
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

One stop women’s health clinics open at evenings and weekends should be made available across the UK to improve access to contraceptive, abortion, menopause, and sexually transmitted infection services, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has said.

The move would improve convenience for women by enabling them to have a cervical screening test and a contraception review at the same time, save money, and focus services to deliver preventive healthcare, the college said in its report Better for Women.1

A survey it commissioned for the report found that nearly four in 10 women (37%) were unable to access contraception services locally and almost two thirds (60%) could not access unplanned pregnancy services near where they live. The survey, which was completed by 3021 women aged between 18 …

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