Victims of the "horrific" practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) can now get help at a walk-in clinic at Whipps Cross Hospital, which is the first of its kind in the country.
The clinic, run by Barts Health NHS Trust, offers cervical screening tests to women and gives them the opportunity to see an FGM specialist gynaecologist as well as other specialists including a psycho-social practitioner, an FGM specialist midwife and an interpreter.
Dr Reeba Oliver, who runs the clinic, said: "FGM has serious health consequences that go into adulthood. There are long-term emotional, psychological and physical effects from the damage caused by FGM. I strongly encourage women in the borough to come and use the service, they will be treated with support, dignity and understanding."