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Menopause clinical and research unit

The Menopause Clinical and Research Unit is an award-winning clinic set up in 1991. Led by consultant gynaecologist, Joan Pitkin, it is staffed by a multi-professional team of clinical experts. It provides a holistic service to support women through menopause, which can sometimes cause physical and emotional upheaval. The team regularly present their academic work at national and international conferences and support the education of health professionals within the field of menopausal health.

The service offers individual consultations and also has an associated research clinic. The first Thursday of the month is dedicated to younger women going through the menopause, and the third Thursday is for women with cancer or at risk of cancer. The other Thursday clinics are general. We also offer individual counselling with a clinical psychotherapist and medication reviews with our pharmacist-led medication management service.

Services include:

Young menopause service – 1st Thursday of every month

This service is for women who experience the menopause under the age of 40 and have particular medical and psychological needs. This clinic for younger women offers a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic options, including a forum for support and information.

Breast menopause clinic – 3rd Thursday of every month

Once a month we hold a specialist clinic for women experiencing menopause symptoms who have had cancer in the past or who have a strong family history of breast cancer. Working in partnership with the breast surgeons and oncologists, we offer support, advice and if appropriate, treatment for these symptoms.

General menopause clinics – 2nd, 4th and 5th Thursdays of every month

Menopause can usually be managed successfully in primary care. Occasionally women need to be referred for specialist clinical advice, because of a particular medical history or because of failure of treatment. Sometimes the risks and benefits of treatment need expert opinion which we can provide.

Clinics are held in the gynaecology outpatients department, on Level 4 of the maternity block, Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospital.

Contact

  • Telephone advice line (Monday - Friday answer phone)
    Tel. 020 8869 2877 
  • Menopause research office (Monday - Friday answer phone)
    Tel. 020 8869 3965
Miss Joan Pitkin

Joan Pitkin BSc FRCS FRCOG, Consultant Gynaecologist/Associate Medical Director (Med Ed and R&D) 

Special interests: Menopause and urogynae, medical education, research and development.



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Dr Jane Woyka MA MB BChir MRCGP FSRH, GP Associate Specialist 

Special interests: Young menopause, breast cancer and menopause, HPV vaccines; cervical screening




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Ms Dani Singer UKCP reg BACP accredited, Specialist Counsellor/ Psychotherapist 

Special interests: Counselling research




Nujttan Tanna

Dr Nuttan Tanna MRPharmS D Com P PhD, Pharmacist Consultant, Womens Health and Older People 

Special interests: New NHS service models. Medication management/pharmaceutical care. Patient compliance/concordance with treatments. Menopause, osteoporosis, falls and fracture prevention. Drug interaction and polypharmacy profiling for safer patient care.



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Ms Kathy Abernethy MClinSci RN, Senior Nurse Specialist 

Special interests: Menopause, young menopause, nurse education, prophylactic BSO.




Mrs Jeannette Brown RN, Menopause Research Nurse

Special interest: Assists with clinical trials, providing information, monitoring and clinical care.

Mandy Cohen RN, Menopause Specialist Nurse