Peninsula Women’s Health Clinic re-opens

Peninsula Women’s Health Centre staff Karina Ejubs and Rhonda Richardson

The Women’s Health Clinic at the Peninsula Women’s Health Centre in Woy Woy has opened its doors once again after a temporary closure of its services due to COVID-19.

In collaboration with Central Coast Local Health District, a clinic nurse will be available at the health centre for the first three Wednesdays of each month from 9 am to 4 pm, completing a series of free health checks.

Peninsula Women’s Health Centre Coordinator Rhonda Richardson said there was a demand for these services, with many women wanting a service run by women for women.

“The clinic has been around for a long time but stopped during COVID-19, so we have only just started things back up; we are up to week five, and it’s been full of appointments with lots of women registering for other lifestyle and health services as well,” Richardson said.

“These are free, confidential health checks, where we can make women feel comfortable, safe and help break down those barriers.”

Some of the free services include cervical screening tests, contraceptive advice, post-natal checks, menopause and menstruation information, healthy lifestyle counselling, referrals, and continence advice.

“It’s also pram and wheelchair accessible and is a soft entry into other important health services that women may need helping getting access to like counselling or educational classes,” Richardson said.

“We also really want to encourage women to get their pap smears; the rate of these checks has dropped off over the past year.

“It’s so important for women to start getting these tests done again and continue checking in on their own health and wellbeing.”

To make an appointment at the Women’s Health Clinic, call 4367 9600; for more information, visit the Peninsula Women’s Health Centre Facebook group or @cccwomenshealthcentre on Instagram.

The health centre is located at 20a McMasters Rd Woy Woy and opens from 9 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesdays and 9 am to 4 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Hayley McMahon