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New reproductive healthcare clinic launches in Northampton

• The British Pregnancy Advisory Service, BPAS, will launch a new clinic on 5th April in central Northampton
• Local services in the Northampton area have contributed to significantly improved reproductive health outcomes among young women in recent years
• Teenage pregnancy rates in the area have declined steadily, with the rate among under-18s falling by over a third between 2010 and 2015
• New service will provide abortion care and support to up to 2,000 women of all ages annually

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service, BPAS, will launch a new clinic on 5th April, offering a range of services to women in the Northampton, Corby and Kettering area. Open 5 days a week, the clinic will offer pregnancy options counselling and abortion care for women experiencing unwanted pregnancies or pregnancies they feel unable to continue, as well as STI testing and a range of contraception options including long-acting reversible methods such as the contraceptive implant.

The ongoing work of sexual and reproductive healthcare organisations in the region has seen a dramatic improvement in sexual and reproductive health outcomes in recent years. The teenage pregnancy rate in Northamptonshire has been steadily declining, with the conception rate among under-18s falling by over a third between 2010 and 2015, from 35.5 to 21.7 per 1000 young women in this age group. The pregnancy rate among under-16s has fallen even more sharply in the same period, decreasing by over half (from 7.5 to just 3.6 per 1000 young women aged under-16).1 The abortion rate in Northamptonshire is 16 terminations per 1000 women, which is very slightly below the national average of 16.2 per 1000 women.2

BPAS will continue to offer pregnancy counselling and consultations to women of all ages considering a termination, and the new clinic will now offer women surgical abortions (under local anaesthetic or conscious sedation) in addition to early medical abortions. Same-day early medical abortions will be available to women who are sure of their decision and want to proceed with treatment. Additionally, all the clinic’s nursing staff will be trained to fit a range of contraception options including implants, and patients will be offered chlamydia testing. BPAS anticipates the new clinic will enable them to provide care and support to up to 2000 women a year.

Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said:

“We are proud to be opening a new clinic in Northampton, which will enable us to help more women of all ages in the surrounding area. Every woman deserves to have access to local, high quality reproductive health services. The new clinic will enable us to provide more women considering a termination with advice, counselling and the best possible standard of abortion care, alongside our STI testing and contraception services.”.

BPAS Northampton will be open from 09.30 – 17.30, Monday – Friday. All women registered with a GP in the area can self-refer by calling the BPAS call centre on 0345 7 30 40 30.

ENDS

1. https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/conceptionandfertilityrates
2. https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/abortion-statistics-england-and-wales-2015

For more information please contact the bpas press office on 0207 061 3377 or email press@bpas.org

Notes to Editors:

Clinic Address
BPAS Northampton
1st Floor Aquila House,
14 St Giles Terrace,
NORTHAMPTON
NN1 2BN

Opening Times
Mon: 09:30 - 17:30
Tue: 09:30 - 17:30
Thurs: 09:30 - 17:30
Fri: 09:30 - 17:30
(Soon to be open on Wednesdays too)

Appointments
Appointments be booked by phoning the BPAS call centre on 0345 7 30 40 30

Clinic Information
Pay and display parking available nearby
Deaf or hearing impaired: please note that entry to the clinic is via an intercom system
Disabled access: this clinic has wheelchair access

About bpas
bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org