Oral Contraception from Community Pharmacies
More than 550 Midlands community pharmacies are now able to offer oral contraception to local people who have previously been prescribed by a GP. It is part of a new service that allows pharmacists to do more and, in doing so, take away further pressure and demand from GPs.
Once a patient has had an initial consultation and prescription from their GP or Sexual Health Clinic, they can get their repeat supply of oral contraception from pharmacies who are offering the service. Patients can:
- Self-refer to a community pharmacy.
- Be identified as clinically suitable by the community pharmacist and be offered the service.
- Be referred by a GP as the patient has requested a repeat prescription.
- Be referred from a sexual health clinic.
Be referred from another NHS service such as NHS 111 or urgent treatment centres