Planned Parenthood expands services

Planned Parenthood of Southern New England announced Tuesday that it is now offering expanded health care services at its Meriden, New London and Waterbury health centers.

Patients can now receive treatment at these locations for common illnesses such as colds, the flu, ear infections, sinus infections, seasonal allergies and strep throat, as well as reproductive health care services that Planned Parenthood has traditionally provided.

"We are growing and it is truly exciting," said Judy Tabar, president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood Southern New England. "Offering new health care services demonstrates our commitment to providing high-quality care to all of the women, men and young people in our communities. Our patients can see the same medical providers they have come to know and trust for their reproductive health care appointments."

In the spring, Planned Parenthood will add additional services which include the treatment of common skin conditions like acne, fungal infections, insect bites and poison ivy, the organization said in a news release. These three centers will also provide work and school physical exams, treatment of gastrointestinal conditions such as constipation, reflux and hemorrhoids, and musculoskeletal complaints, such as back pain and carpal tunnel.

In addition to the new health care services, Planned Parenthood provides testing for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV testing and counseling, all FDA-approved birth control methods, pregnancy testing and counseling and emergency contraception, among other services. It charges patients based on a sliding fee scale based on one's income and participates in many insurance plans.

The New London office of Planned Parenthood is located at 45 Franklin St. and can be reached at (860) 443-5820. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling (800) 230-7526 or by visiting ppsne.org.

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