Save Action’s FGM Community Clinic
Acton’s FGM Community Clinic which supports thousands of women will be forced to close after March as it has lost its funding. Click on this tab to find out more.
Acton’s FGM Community Clinic which supports thousands of women will be forced to close after March as it has lost its funding. You can stop this by signing the petition.
The clinic was set up in 2007 to provide a specialist service for women with FGM. Over the last 10 years, we have helped more than 1,000 women. We have carried out the reversal procedure for more than 500 women. We have referred over 200 women for specialist gynaecology consultations, and we have provided counselling for over 150 women. Many women have told us that "this service changed my life after suffering years of pain".
This clinic was set up in response to the needs of local women who were unable to access specialist services to help them with the health consequences that they were suffering as a result of FGM. The community setting was chosen to make the service more accessible, less intimidating than the hospital and because it is supposed to be cheaper.
We have received notice that Ealing Council will cease funding the clinic post-March 2017.
This a community-based and midwife-led service. It is especially targeted at younger women to give them help and support before or just after they get married but we also see a number of older women who have problems of long term pain, incontinence, fistulas and prolapses. These women are referred on for specialisturogynecologyy services. We also provide 1-1 counselling or referral on to specialist long term counselling.Our ethos is to never turn anyone away. Women do not need a referral from their GP. They can self-refer and there are no geographical boundaries. It is a fast-track service – we see all women within 2 weeks of them contacting us.
Over the last 10 years we have also trained more than one hundred professionals how to deinfibulate and also trained thousands of multi-agency professionals through workshops, seminars etc
During a clinic consultation we carry out a physical and mental health assessment. We educate all women of the Law in the U.K. and the health consequences of FGM. We diagnose and explain to them what Type of FGM they have. We also carry out an essential safeguarding risk assessment of female children or younger siblings that may be at risk of, or have had, FGM.
We often see women that have never spoken about their FGM before and do not feel that they can discuss FGM with their GP and they frequently reveal that they have suffered years of urinary tract infections and painful sexual intercourse prior to accessing our service.
In 2011 we won a Guardian Public Service Award in the category of Diversity and Equality.
The clinic was visited by MP Jane Ellison (and former Public Health Minister) in February 2016 as an example of a gold standard, holistic FGM service that has been used as a blueprint for services across the UK.
This service will close at the end of March, 2017 unless we act NOW.
Please help us Save the Acton Clinic and sign this petition.