New abortion clinic to open

New abortion clinic to open

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MSI Reproductive Choices is opening a new abortion clinic at St Austell Community Hospital at the end of the month

7th April 2021

By Natasha Swift

A new abortion clinic is opening in St Austell at the end of the month to give women a “greater choice over their health”.

MSI Reproductive Choices is opening a new clinic at St Austell Community Hospital in a bid to offer greater access to NHS-funded early medical abortion as covid-19 continues to restrict movement.

The abortion provider’s new clinic will open in St Austell at the end of April, which it said would give anyone seeking early medi­cal abortion care in the county “greater flexibility in both the timing and location of their treatment, reducing waiting times and expanding choice”.

The clinic, commissioned by NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, offers weekly face-to-face appointments every Tuesday from 8am to 6pm, complementing existing services provided by Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

While MSI’s telemedicine service will enable eligible patients to consult with a nurse over a phone or video call at a time that is convenient, and take both medi­cal abortion pills in the comfort of their own homes.

Richard Bentley, MSI Reproductive Choices’ UK managing director said: “Choice is fundamental to everything we do, and our new clinic and telemedicine service mean that people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be able to access timely, compassionate abortion care and advice, without the added stress and difficulties of organising travel further afield.

“Anyone who prefers or needs surgical abortion will also have access to MSI’s state of the art centre in Bristol.”

MSI said the new clinic will provide a confidential, easily accessible setting that respects patients’ dignity and privacy.

Anyone seeking abortion care will also be offered the full range of contraception methods, as well as STI screening for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and HIV.

NHS Kernow’s director of planned care and integrated care, John Groom, said: “The new clinic in St Austell builds upon the services already in place that give women a greater choice and decisions about their health, as close to home as possible.”

In addition to the care and support provided by the clinic’s nursing staff, MSI’s 24-hour helpline One Call (0345 300 8090) provides advice and consultations, with same day appointments available.

While, an online chat service allows patients to consult quickly, confidentially and safely without the need to ring. Unlimited counselling with independent counsellors registered with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy is also available as part of the abortion treatment.