A new specialist regional hub for women's gynaecological health, including a specialist menopause clinic, giving women speedier access to services and cutting hospital admissions, has opened at Nenagh Hospital in Co Tipperary.

It is located at a new €1.4m extension built at the outpatients department at Nenagh.

The facility is the first new menopause clinic to be established outside Dublin.

It is designed to improve women’s health through a new model of care under the HSE’s National Women’s and Infants health programme.

A specialist fertility service, which will be consultant-led, is due to open at the new centre later this year.

The clinic at Nenagh is providing what is described as ambulatory gynaecology services, a one-stop 'see and treat’ clinic where woman can receive access to expert medical and nursing diagnostic care, including ultrasound and biopsy services on site, following a referral by their GP.

The operators say new model will improve access to diagnostics and treatment, resulting in fewer hospital visits and reducing overall wait times for women.

It will also provide services to teenage girls and adolescents who experience difficult gynaecological conditions in their teenage years.

Among the investigations available to women are pelvic ultrasound, diagnostic hysteroscopy and endometrial biopsy.