Women's Health Week at HMPYOI Low Newton & HMPYOI Styal

17/05/2024

This week, Spectrum’s healthcare teams at two female prisons commemorated Women’s Health Week 2024.

HMPYOI Low Newton and HMPYOI Styal both hosted various events and activities for patients, shining a light on women’s health and wellbeing to educate and raise awareness.

According to the government’s 2021/22 survey, ‘Women’s Health: Let’s Talk About It’, more than 4 in 5 women (84%) asked felt that there were times they were not listened to by healthcare professionals, when raising health concerns.

In the UK, many current clinical services and research evidence is based on men as the default patient. Whilst there has been recent progress, there is still a huge health gap for women – especially for those from marginalised groups, including ones who end up in prison.

At Low Newton, healthcare staff organised several clinics for patients across the week, covering topics such as breast screening, menopause, sexual health, and smear tests.

Colleagues also looked at mental health awareness, educating patients about wellbeing and positive thinking. Tips and advice were also given about smoking cessation and weight management.

Over in Styal, the healthcare team hosted an event on Wednesday 15 in the Visit’s Hall. Stalls were set up to promote breast awareness, cervical screening, vaccination awareness, and eating well.

Guests were also invited to speak to patients at the event, including reps from Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, the Hep C Trust, and Motherwell Cheshire – a charity for women that offers educational services, holistic therapies, and mental health support.

The women at both prisons thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with the events providing them with greater knowledge on female health and wellbeing.

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