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Stopping the spread of coronavirus through the UK has required all of us to make significant changes in our lifestyles. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is that we need to take care of our health, even if we are not directly affected by COVID-19.
Everyone in the UK is being asked to stay at home as much as possible. However, you can still go out to attend a medical appointment if you need to, including visiting your gynaecologist. 132 Healthwise will continue providing care as long as it is safe to do so. We will take every possible precaution to protect you and our staff, but you can also help us all to stay healthy.
It is also worth considering whether you need to come in for an appointment now or if it would be better to wait until the restrictions can be lifted safely. It is important to see a doctor if you have potentially serious gynaecological symptoms such as pain or unusual bleeding. You should also keep your appointments if you are pregnant, unless you need to postpone while you are self-isolating. Although there is no evidence that coronavirus poses any additional risk to pregnant women, it is always best to be cautious and you will need medical support and advice.
You should consult a doctor if you have any concerns about your health. However, it may be better to postpone less urgent appointments such as well woman check ups until the risk of spreading coronavirus has passed. This is particularly important if you are in a higher risk group due to your age or any underlying health problems. If you’re not sure whether you should make or keep your appointment then you can contact us for advice.
One question that has been raised is whether restrictions on where women can take the medical abortion pill could be eased in order to reduce contact between doctors and patients. The move seems to have been under consideration as it was briefly suggested on the Department of Health and Social Care website on March 24, before being removed.
Women need to take two pills, two days apart in order to complete a medical abortion. The first medication is taken at the clinic and the second one at home. However, some countries such as Australia enable women to take both medications at home after a telephone consultation. The move could make it easier for women to access abortions while restrictions are in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Any reduction in travel or contact with others (including doctors) outside the home can help to slow the spread of the virus responsible for COVID-19. However, medical appointments are considered a valid reason to leave home, so it will still be possible for women to receive the care they need even if the current restrictions stay in place.
If you have any questions or concerns about our health or whether you should attend your appointment then you should get in touch for personalised advice.