Services Database The Provision of Emergency Hormonal Contraception

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The service allows the provision, where clinically indicated, of a free supply of progestogen only emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) as specified within the Patient Group Direction (PGD). The pharmacist must also include as part of the EHC consultation a discussion about chlamydia and offer every individual a chlamydia test kit.

The service is available to female service users of any age living or registered with a GP in Dorset, Bournemouth or Poole.

Location of service

Dorset LPC


Local Authority (LA)

Method of commissioning

Local Authority contract

Source of funding

Local Authority (LA)

Service type

Emergency hormonal contraception

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In order to offer the service pharmacists must:

  • complete the CPPE distance learning pack “Emergency Contraception” 2011; and
  • complete the CPPE e-learning module (1.5 hours) “Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults 2012” and keep a record of updates completed.

Pharmacists shall cascade training on the supply of EHC to all pharmacy staff to ensure that everyone is aware of the key issues regarding the supply of EHC and so that all staff respond sensitively and appropriately to enquiries about EHC. In particular, staff should recognise that all requests for EHC should be referred to the Pharmacist early on in the consultation