This service is available to all females aged 13 years or over in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
The service allows the free supply of emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) as levonorgestrel under Patient Group Direction (PGD). Pharmacists will also provide support and advice to service users, ensuring that discussions about sexually transmitted infections takes place giving special considerations to signposting to chlamydia screening services.
All services are conducted face to face in the pharmacy and allow an opportunity for the pharmacist to advise the patient in a confidential, non-judgmental and easily accessible environment.
Please note this service is currently in the process of changeover as of April 2019. Contact details will be updated as soon as the changeover has been finalised.
The current EHC service will cease on 31st March – so make sure that you have made all your claims by then. You will not be able to continue to supply EHC under that PGD after this date (nor be remunerated).
Solutions4Health https://www.solutions4health.co.uk/ have recently been awarded the Sexual Health Service by Herefordshire Council. Unfortunately there will be a delay in sorting the new contract for pharmacies but it will be open to all pharmacies, with pharmacists who have completed CPPE DoC and will use Pharmoutcomes as now. The new PGD will include Ulipristal acetate 30mg Tablet (UPA) and Levonorgestrel 1.5mg Tablet (LNG) which will allow you to follow the latest guidance around choice of drug. https://www.fsrh.org/standards-and-guidance/documents/ceu-clinical-guidance-emergency-contraception-march-2017/
Solutions4health will have a clinic in Hereford. During the interim period you will need to direct patients for free NHS Service – EHC to the clinic or GPs.
It is likely that the new PGD will start on or by 1st June 2019. It may be that f you are able to sign up straight away you will be able to start earlier than the 1st of June. In the meantime make sure that you are up to date with DoC for EHC through CPPE.
As soon as the SLA, PGD and payments details are available we and Soultions4health will share them.