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Dr Philippa Girling

GP Menopause Specialist

Dr Girling has an extensive background in managing women experiencing menopause symptoms throughout her GP career. She completed additional training specifically focused on menopause, including the British Menopause Society’s Advance Certificate in the Principles and Practice of Menopause Training.

Dr Girling’s expertise extends to peri-menopausal and post-menopausal women who continue to struggle with symptoms despite hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Additionally, she assists women who experience side effects from HRT and those with other concerns, such as a family history of cancer or osteoporosis. Her experience also includes managing patients who have undergone early menopause and supporting women who choose to continue HRT later in life.

Dr Girling prioritises your health beliefs and concerns, ensuring that evidence-based medical information guides and supports you throughout your menopause journey.

Due to her interest in lifestyle medicine, Dr Girling is also happy to discuss lifestyle changes that can help alleviate symptoms of the menopausal.

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Additional information about Dr Philippa Girling

Dr Girling qualified in 1994 and did several junior doctor jobs including a year at hospitals in Perth, Australia before coming to Bath to complete her GP training.

She worked for several years as a salaried GP at Frome Medical Practice before becoming a GP Partner at Grove House Surgery in Shepton Mallet, where she still practices.

Dr Girling has always had an interest in women’s health, menopause and contraception, and more recently in lifestyle medicine. She obtained the diploma from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1996 and the diploma from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health in 2008.

She was recognised by the British Menopause Society Conference in 2013 for identifying the risks of prescribing inadequate progesterone as part of HRT.

Dr Girling collaborates with her local Primary Care Network (a group of local GP practices) to enhance patients’ access to specialist menopausal services within the NHS.

Additionally, she is involved with the Somerset Integrated Commissioning Board Working Group, aiming to achieve the same objective across Somerset. As a GP trainer since 2010, she is passionate about training the next generation of GPs, particularly in women’s health and menopause. Dr Girling extended this role as a trainer for the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health since 2013. Furthermore, she gives talks on menopause to patients within the PCN and our GP trainees group.

I live in a village just outside Bath with my husband and three teenage daughters. I enjoy my weekly tennis class and I am a regular at my local park run.


Women's health issues especially menopause.

British Menopause Society

Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health

Primary Care Women's Health Forum