England’s first walk-in clinic opens for female genital mutilation survivors in Newham, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge and Waltham Forest

The service, opened by Barts Health Trust, is the first walk-in clinic in England which offers cervical screening tests for FGM survivors.

FGM refers to procedures which purposely alter or injure female genitals for non-medical reasons. It is illegal in the UK.

Dr Reeba Oliver, a Barts Health consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist who is running the clinic, said: “The clinic offers a specialist service for FGM survivors, particularly those who avoid having a cervical screening test because of the fear a vaginal examination evokes due to the psychological trauma they have experienced.

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