An Important notice pertaining to Covid-19
Our Clinic is Still Open
Bedford Basin Women's Health Clinic is still open during the pandemic. Most appointments are being completed by telemedicine and we are using that as our way to help patients who do not need to be seen in person. The physician will triage if an in-person visit is needed.
The province has advised that screening Paps, 6 month repeat Paps and prenatal Paps will not be processed during the time of the pandemics to allow our labs to focus on COVID-19 testing. Our office will notify our patient if they already have an appointment booked with us for a Pap.The full document can be found on the NSHA website Cervical Cancer Prevention Program and Colposcopy Service During COVID-19 (Updated: April 28).
Another change is the specimen tube that we used to use for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing is now being used to help test for COVID. For now, a urine sample can be used to make the diagnosis.
We thank our patients for their honesty in answering the questions that our staff asks which help us to keep you, the patient, and our staff safe. Some appointments are being rescheduled to later dates as we are limiting the number of patients in our Clinic at any one time. We also have a system in place for having our patients enter the Clinic, screening them to ensure their safety and the staff and cleaning our offices between patients.
This information will continue to change through the pandemic. Feel free to call us for updates.
Bedford Basin Women's Health Clinic GPs.
The Bedford Basin Women’s Health GP’s may provide services such as Pap smears based on the Nova Scotia guidelines to screen for cervical cancer; breast exams to follow up on breast lumps or nipple discharge; screening for sexually transmitted Infections (STI); a bimanual exam (an exam which is also called an "internal" that helps the physician know if the uterus is larger than normal or if there is pain in the pelvis, for example) to check for enlargement and/or tenderness of the uterus and/or ovaries; educating and prescribing to women about STI’s;counselling and prescribing birth control; safe sex practices; pregnancy options; intrauterine device (IUD) counselling and insertion; menopause and incontinence counseling.
In 2009, I met a 16 year old girl who went to a walk-in clinic for her first Pap smear. I knew after that visit that I wanted to create a clinic for women to have other options. My training as a physician did not include how to start a business. Over the next 3 months, I learned and created a business plan for my dream.
Next, I went in search of a space which led us to our current location - easily accessible from major routes and the highway, wheelchair accessible and also on bus routes. Within 6 months, I had secured the future home of our clinic and watched it go from an open space into the clinic it is now. I was fortunate to be able to design the layout and choose colours that I felt would give the clinic a warm, welcoming feel for women during their experience here.
The clinic would serve as a place for women who did not have a family physician or needed an independent place from their family doctor for women’s health for a variety of reasons such as they may see their family physician in a social setting as well as in the clinical setting or they would like to see a female physician. Sometimes, it is because a woman is seeking more information or that she is looking for a service that her family physician cannot provide such as help with fitting of devices for bladder issues. Our goal is to always work with and support their family physician, which is why a copy of the visit is always sent to the family physician unless the patient opts out. We make arrangements for any follow up if needed for tests that we order.
We had a wonderful showing of community support as we launched the open house on Friday, January 15, 2010 for Bedford Basin Women’s Health Clinic, with patient care starting the Monday after that.
Our Clinic has grown to offer more services and include more physicians. Patients travel to us from all over the province. We look forward to continuing to provide excellent care to women as they look after their health.
Dr. Natasha Deshwal
Director, Bedford Basin Women's Health Clinic