Women around the UK are facing a ‘major and widespread’ shortage of HRT
Published: 15th July 2019
"Women around the UK are facing a “major and widespread” shortage of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), leaving some struggling with menopause symptoms and side effects such as night sweats, depression and anxiety.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) estimates one million women in the UK use treatment for their menopausal symptoms, with HRT being the main treatment offered on the NHS.
Although the exact number of women affected by the current shortage is unclear, Dr Hannah Short, a GP specialising in PMS and the menopause, said it is “a major and widespread issue, affecting a large number of women”. However, both doctors and pharmacists are in the dark about the reasons for the shortage and how long it’s likely to last."
Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre was founded by leading menopause specialist and GP, Dr Louise Newson, and officially opened in September 2018 by Liz Earle MBE. Created to help women receive the most appropriate, individualised treatment for their perimenopause and menopause, it has quickly become a centre of excellence, providing care to women of all ages, as well as running educational events for primary care clinicians.
Dr Newson is also the founder of the Menopause Doctor website, a free resource since 2017, providing the latest unbiased, evidence based information about the menopause and perimenopause for women as well as the most recent national and international menopause articles and guidelines for healthcare professionals. The website has been adopted by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) as an official educational library aimed at patients and healthcare professionals wishing to learn more about the menopause.
Newson Health Research and Education is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Dr Newson, from which all profits gained from the organisation's activities, such as event sponsorship, delegate fees and speaker's fees, are invested back into the business.