Funding announced for women's health hub expansion

£25 million has been allocated as part of the Women's Health Strategy for England to create new women's health hubs around the country.

The hubs aims to improve access and quality of care for services for menstrual problems, contraception, pelvic pain, and menopause care.

The hubs will be tailored to meet local women's needs and will focus on delivering services in the community that better fit around women's lives and streamline access to women's health services.

It is hoped the hubs will produce savings for the NHS by improving access to preventative care and reducing pressure on secondary care services.

Minister for Women’s Health, Maria Caulfield said: "Women make up 51% of the population and should not be an afterthought in healthcare.

"Better access to specialist services is key to tackling health inequalities – the £25 million funding will create new Women’s Health Hubs providing specialist care and advice to women across the country.

"We are making excellent headway to meet our commitments set out in England’s first ever Women’s Health Strategy, aiming to boost the health and wellbeing of women and girls."

Professor Dame Lesley Regan, Women’s Health Ambassador said: "As a practicing gynaecologist, I have first-hand experience of how important it is for women to have easy access to the right care when they need it.

"Although a woman’s health needs change during her life course, most of them are predictable. It is crucial that we provide her with the best information and support at each and every stage of her journey.

"Women’s health hubs offer us the opportunity to provide holistic care – including contraception, help with period problems, early pregnancy problems, pelvic pain, menopause and cancer screening. Timely access to high quality services will help to build women’s confidence in the healthcare system."