HRT and Menopause

Tudor Lodge Surgery is committed to providing the best possible treatment to our patients who may be experiencing symptoms of menopause.

Tudor Lodge Surgery is committed to providing the best possible treatment to our patients who may be experiencing symptoms of menopause.

We supported two of our nurses to develop a special interest in menopause care, they are both certificated by the British Menopause Society UK and deliver evidence based practice for our patients.

We have been providing support to patients through the development of a pathway for those seeking help with their peri/menopause symptoms.  Most women of 45 years of age and over do not typically need blood tests to diagnose menopause.  We know that your natural Oestrogen levels are depleting and that symptoms will emerge.  Symptoms are varied and we assess women on an individual basis based on their clinical presentation.

Ongoing discussions with patients are crucial to consider the best care moving forward, which balance the patient’s needs with safe, evidence-based practice.  We pride ourselves in delivering an holistic approach within the framework of an NHS Service.

We monitor our patients’ progress using the Menopause Symptom Checker tool which you can download and return to us.  We review patients at regular intervals once they have commenced hormone replacement therapy.  Lifestyle discussions around support to stop smoking, reducing and moderating alcohol use and diet and exercise are at the heart of the patient experience.  During the patient consultations we also review the uptake of NHS routine cervical screening and mammography screening.

Patients who contact us for help with any peri/menopause symptoms should be aware that this is quite an in-depth process to get the right treatment in place and it can sometimes take time for symptoms to settle.  There is a considerable amount of information for you to read about how we can help you.  It is really worth looking at the links below before you request an appointment so you understand the process.  This process is rarely a simple case of sending a prescription to the pharmacy, the treatment you receive will be a joint decision between you and the clinician.

During the development of our menopause service at the practice we have been delighted to work with other specialists in this field, one of whom, Dr Louise Newson (www.menopausedoctor.co.uk), has provided a wonderful endorsement of our two nurses Sharon and Mandy:

“I have known Sharon and Mandy for several years and I have been constantly impressed by their determination and commitment to improve the menopause care of their patients in their NHS practice. They have both worked tirelessly to liaise with their primary care team and optimise management of the menopause and perimenopause in their patients. They are both committed to learning and education. They are also experts in prescribing body identical HRT which has far more benefits than risks for the majority of women. They work so hard to empower their patients so consultations are really transformational for these women.

Sharon and Mandy are both real ambassadors for how nurses in primary care can work to transform menopause care in the NHS. It is a real honour and privilege to know them both and witness their incredible work.“

Dr Louise Newson (2/6/2021)

Improved Access

We are working together with other local practices to offer patients access to more appointments in the early mornings, evenings and at weekends. To find out more about these services, please contact the practice.

Did you know it was menopause Awareness month this month!

18th October 

Loss of ovarian function:

1: 100 women experience menopause before the age of 40

1:1000 women experience menopause before the age of 30

For more information go to

https://www.daisynetwork.org/

Daisy Network is dedicated to providing information and support to women diagnosed  with Premature Ovarian Insufficiency, also known as Premature Menopause.

Rock My Menopause

https://rockmymenopause.com

Links, Forms and Resources

Menopause symptom Questionnaire
Please fill in this questionnaire and return it to the surgery when completed. Please note this is a document to completed not an on-line form. You can attach the completed form to an Ask My GP request or email it to us at nsoccg.TLSenquiries@nhs.net 

HRT risks and benefits (Women’s Health Concern is the public facing website of the British Menopause Society): https://www.womens-health-concern.org/help-and-advice/factsheets/hrt-know-benefits-risks/

What is menopause: https://www.menopausematters.co.uk/

Helpful links including PODCASTs of HRT and menopause: https://www.menopausedoctor.co.uk/

Menopause tracking APP (‘The Balance App’): https://www.menopausedoctor.co.uk/resources/the-balance-app

Patient update from Tudor Lodge Surgery:

Like other GP practices, we are affected by the current national shortage of blood tubes.

In order to continue blood tests for people with the greatest clinical need, we are delaying routine and non-urgent blood tests in line with national guidance.

If you have an appointment booked in the next few weeks the reception team will be in touch via phone or text. Your appointment will be rescheduled once the situation is resolved.

We will be providing regular updates on our website, which we encourage you to check for the latest info.

Please don’t contact us – we will be in touch with you when appointments can be rescheduled. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.