Bexhill clinic to offer NHS vasectomies

The Cooden Clinic at Little Common.
The Cooden Clinic at Little Common.

An NHS service offering vasectomies is being provided for patients registered with GPs in the Bexhill, Hastings and Eastbourne areas.

The service is provided by Cooden Medical Group in partnership with Integrated Community Care, an organisation formed by GP practices within Bexhill to promote and support primary care.

Men who are considering the procedure are advised to speak to their GP who will refer them to the service.

Dr Stephen French, director of integrated community care, said: “There is less NHS funding for vasectomies these days but thanks to this initiative we are still able to offer it to patients in this area.

“We are pleased to be working with Cooden Medical Group, which specialises in minimally-invasive vasectomies.

“This means our patients don’t need to go to hospital for what is a very straightforward procedure.”

A vasectomy, also known as male sterilisation or ‘the snip’, is a permanent form of birth control, popular among men who have decided their family is complete.

Mr Steve Garnett is a consultant urological surgeon at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

He specialises in general and laparoscopic urology and performs the vasectomies at Cooden Medical Group’s clinic using the latest keyhole technique. He said: “Calling a vasectomy ‘the snip’ makes it sound much more dramatic than it actually is. The procedure we use at Cooden is quick and pretty painless.

“We use a local anaesthetic which means that you won’t have all the side-effects associated with a general anaesthetic and can go home shortly afterwards. My aim is to make my patients as relaxed and comfortable as possible about having the procedure.”

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