New Bupa service for menopause

By a staff reporter

Menopause Plan, a new product from Bupa Health Clinics, gives women 45 minutes with a trained menopause GP who will develop a personalised care programme for managing their symptoms. 

Customers will then have a follow-up appointment 12 weeks later and a year’s access to Bupa’s Anytime Healthline, a 24/7 nurse-led service. 

It is thought that many women miss out on more support from their GPs because training in identifying and managing the menopause is not a compulsory part of GP training. NICE guidelines only came into place in 2015. 

Alaana Woods

Bupa Health Clinics commercial director Alaana Woods said: ‘A 45-minute appointment with a GP who is trained in this area is invaluable, especially for women who find it difficult to open up or are embarrassed by symptoms they’re experiencing.

‘We’re also incredibly proud to partner with the charity Well­being of Women and will be giving 5% of each Menopause Plan sold to them to help fund vital research into women’s health.’

Wellbeing of Women invest in pioneering research which helps find cures and develops new tests and treatments that will change the lives of women, girls and babies. 

Janet Lindsay, chief executive of Wellbeing of Women, added: ‘The menopause directly affects half the population, yet it has remained a stubbornly taboo topic. 

‘Supporting women through this stage provides opportunities to help them manage any symptoms, promote healthy lifestyles and prevent diseases such as osteo­porosis and cardiovascular disease.’

Bupa has also launched its new women’s health hub, which is accessible to everyone and aims to be a go-to source of information and guidance on topics covering women’s health events, from periods to menopause.