‘One stop shop’ holistic FGM clinic launches in Brent
- Credit: London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
The NHS is ramping up its support for survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) with a new “one stop shop” centre for both mental and physical trauma in Wembley.
The Hibiscus Clinic will be based at the Wembley Centre for Health in Chaplin Road, and is one of eight new centres across England - three in London - that will help hundreds of affected women get expert care, support and treatment.
The team includes a specialist midwife, advocate and counsellor.
Typically health workers first identify and start to offer support to FGM survivors through maternity services when they become pregnant. But the aim with the new network of clinics is to reach women before that happens.
Grace Narty, FGM lead for the London North West University Trust, told the Times: "I'm absolutely over the moon and thrilled we've got this service. Back in the '90s when we first realised FGM was actually a problem there were no services for women who were affected, so I'm so grateful we have the opportunity to have these pilot sites."
You may also want to watch:
She added: "What's really unique is a counsellor will also be on site. For some women, the trauma from the event of actually being cut at birth or a young age will affect them now.
"They might have sexual concerns or the psychological trauma of not being able to be intimate with their partners.
- 1 Appeal after woman hit on the head and sexually assaulted in Sudbury
- 2 Mass vaccination centre opens in Wembley Park
- 3 Man arrested in connection with Neasden murder and two stabbings
- 4 Buyers claim luxury flats are 'nightmare' construction site
- 5 Neasden man charged with murder and knife attacks
- 6 Wembley drug dealer jailed for biting, scratching and pushing police
- 7 Police seek witnesses as Kenton crash victim named as Vimla Matai
- 8 Fundraiser launched after beloved mum found collapsed in Barham Park dies
- 9 Third stabbing in Neasden as murder investigation under way
- 10 Woman killed after collision with alleged drunk driver in Kenton
"They might also fear giving birth and the change that comes with pregnancy, which can be related to the loss of control, similar to when they went through the FGM cutting itself.
"Others might be suffering from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, or struggling with their body image."
The trust recorded nearly 1,000 incidents of female genital mutilation in 2018-19 - the highest in the country.
The clinic launched at the Wembley Centre on Tuesday, and is running as a pilot for two years. It opens a fortnight from 9am to 5pm. Anyone over 18 can drop in.