Services Database Emergency Hormonal Contraception in Community Pharmacy (St Helens Council Area)

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The accredited pharmacist will supply emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) free of charge based on the Patient Group Directions (PGDs) that have been adopted by St. Helens Council. Therefore levonorgestrel can be supplied between 0-72 hours after unprotected sex and ulipristal acetate over 72 hours-120 hours but the supply needs to be within the strict confines of the PGDs. Where ulipristal actetate is contraindicated between 72–120 hours after unprotected sex levonorgestrel may be supplied (see PGDs).

Those aged 15 to 24 should be offered a chlamydia screening kit or referred to the Community Sexual Health Service for Testing.

Location of service

Halton, St Helens & Knowsley LPC


Local Authority (LA)

Method of commissioning

Local Authority contract

Source of funding

Local Authority (LA)

Service type

Emergency hormonal contraception

Other organisations involved

Community Sexual Health Service


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All pharmacists providing this service must have completed the following Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) training:

  • Contraception open learning pack;
  • Emergency hormonal contraception open learning pack; and
  • Safeguarding Children open learning pack.

In addition, pharmacists providing this service must have received locally organised training and have their names on an approved list kept by the St Helens Council. It is advisable for any member of the pharmacy staff who will be involved in supporting this service to also attend the locally organised training.


This service is available in the St Helens Council area only.