PROVISION OF Emergency Contraception DURING COVID-19
Emergency hormonal contraception is available free of charge via your GP, our WISH Sexual Health Service and community pharmacies across Worcestershire. However due to the current situation with Covid 19, it may be more difficult to access via pharmacies.
Details about Pharmacies that provide emergency contraception can be found here: https://www.hacw.nhs.uk/contraception
Please phone the Sexual Health Service if you need emergency contraception and are having difficulty accessing a pharmacy.
Please be aware:-
- Pharmacies are extremely busy; please try to ring before attending so that your consultation can take place over the phone.
- Be prepared to queue as Pharmacies are only allowing a small number of customers in at any one time.
- If you have not phoned beforehand your consultation may take place in the Pharmacy to allow for social distancing.
- You may have to pay for your emergency contraception particularly if a locum Pharmacist is on duty. Check in advance whether there is a registered pharmacist available who can issue for free or whether there is a charge.
- Ring your GP practice to check whether you can have a telephone consultation. Your GP may be able to send a prescription to a Pharmacy.
During this busy time please be aware that some Pharmacies have to adjust their opening times frequently to allow for staff shortages and replenish stock.
Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)
We are hoping to start seeing patients for routine Intrauterine Devices and Systems (coils) and also Contraceptive Implants in the near future, exact date to be confirmed.
You will initially have a phone consultation with the Doctor / Nurse who will be undertaking the procedure. Please click on ‘Contraception’ and then either ‘Coils’ or ’Implants’. Please read the relevant consent form and also the relevant Patient Information Leaflet. Aftercare information following your procedure is also provided on here.
Many people will find this a challenging time. Particularly for victims who will feel increasingly isolated as they live with their abuser. Please see below for useful resources from:
- Worcestershire domestic abuse: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/domesticabuse
- SafeLives http://www.safelives.org.uk/news-views/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19
- Women’s Aid https://www.womensaid.org.uk/covid-19-coronavirus-safety-advice-for-survivors/
the local domestic abuse helpline for Worcestershire: Women’s Aid: 0800 980 3331. Men’s advice line: 0808 801 0327
What should I do if I want an abortion?
We are still providing an abortion service. However we have adapted the way we work during this time. It may be that we have telephone consultation with you rather than meeting face to face. You will then be advised by the team on how to access treatment if required.