Bristol Circumcision Service
COVID-19 UPDATE, 14th OCTOBER, 2020
Unfortunately, we have had to suspend our circumcision service during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working on new ways of running the clinic to keep families safe and we are hoping to restart the clinic in the near future. Furthermore, we are aiming to use this opportunity to improve our service in general and we are looking forward to welcoming you to a more streamlined and modern service that takes advantage of technology to provide a better customer experience. Feel free to read on to find out more about our service and please revisit our website for new updates on our progress.
Thank you for visiting our website for The Bristol Circumcision Service. As the NHS will fund male circumcision only where there is a medical health need, local community groups, Public Health England, and the NHS have worked together to find a solution for parents wishing their son’s to be circumcised for cultural or religious reasons. This led to the development of our NHS approved and local service available for all baby boys registered with a GP in Bristol and the surround regions. Circumcisions will only be carried out for religious or cultural reasons and where both parents are in full agreement.
The service is available for baby boys aged 1– 6 months and is provided by Dr Kim of East Trees Health Centre. The circumcision which is performed under local anaesthetic and full clinical support and after care for 3 months. We provide a safe and local service that works closely with Bristol Children’s Hospital and their urology specialist team on the rare occasions where their support is needed. Our experienced, trained nursing staff assist in the service and make sure that the baby is well before and after the circumcision.
We have provided thousands of safe circumcisions since 2017 and we regularly audit our results to improve our techniques and safety. We use the Plastibel method which is one of the safest and most common worldwide. We are proud of our exceptionally low bleeding risk of 1% or less which is half the expected risk typical for Plastibel circumcisions.
For the safety of our patients we do not allow any parent or relative to be present during the operation which allows us to concentrate completely on the baby and maximise safety. This rule is for everyone and this is policy is supported by urological consultants who we have worked with.
Parents looking at using services elsewhere are advised to check that they provide good information, support, after care and use sterile instruments to carry out the procedure. A safe service should be able to tell you what their complication rate is, and what they will do if any problems occur. Parents are also advised to make sure that any concerns regarding after care are raised as soon as possible with their GP.